Drivers warned that blasters were being sent to ‘trouble spots’ to deal with melting ‘dangerous’ roads

Somerset County Council announced that its crews would be ready to treat roads affected by extreme temperatures. To remedy the problem, two 18-ton sand spreaders will be used to spread stone dust on sticky and molten roads.

This will be in addition to HGV drivers on standby to ensure traffic delays are kept to a minimum.

Stone dust absorbs soft bitumen from the road and helps stabilize the surface.

Somerset Transport and Digital Chief Executive Officer Cllr Mike Rigby said the council was monitoring the situation carefully.

He added: “Our teams are prepared and ready to head to any trouble spots so they can be dealt with quickly.

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This comes as Tour de France organizers prepare to use tens of thousands of liters of cold water on a route that could reach 63 degrees.

In certain places, the organizers and fire departments may be forced to mobilize to keep the track safe for the participants.

Some of the riders have commented on the heat, calling certain sections of the track an “oven”, adding that it was “horrible”.

With the risk of roads melting, roads may need to be resurfaced more frequently.

With extreme weather becoming more common, potholes and other cracks in the road can start to appear.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) stated that councils in England and Wales filled 1.7 million potholes in 2021.

A new survey from RED Driving School found that nearly two-thirds of respondents said they would be scared of how a pothole would impact their vehicle.

Although most novice drivers in the UK fear potholes, almost half of novice drivers admitted they would not consider stopping to check on their vehicle immediately after hitting a pothole.

Some 32 percent of motorists said they would check when they reached their planned destination after hitting a pothole.

A small portion of respondents (four percent) said they would completely ignore the fact that they had hit a pothole.

This shows a lack of awareness of the potential seriousness of hitting a pothole.

Ian Fido, Director of Training at RED Driving School, states: “In all cases of road obstructions, and certainly in a test environment, we suggest following the MSPSL routine.

“Checking mirrors. Please indicate if necessary. Position the car early. Decelerate. Seek to negotiate the issue, to safely return to a normal position on the road as soon as possible.”

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