Police have urged drivers to be wary of slippery roads, to the extent of calling Triple Zero if they see a slick, after a near-miss in Ironbark.
Sarah Morey wouldn’t have been going more than 20 kilometres per hour turning right from Eaglehawk Road onto Marong Road on Saturday, but it didn’t stop her car spinning out of control.
After what felt like forever, it hit the lights and came to a rest. Thankfully both Ms Morey and her son were uninjured.
Police say the incident was due to a slippery road, probably caused by recent heavy rainfall.
First Constable Scott Hutcheson said the crash was a reminder to drivers to slow down and take care in the wet.
To Ms Morey the spin is a bit of a mystery.
It began when she accelerated after a red light on the Eaglehawk Road.
Ms Morey had just got to the middle of the intersection when she lost control.
It felt like she was spinning for two minutes, before she hit the lights of Marong Road
“It kind of did just a snake, like I felt like I wasn’t in control of the car,” Ms Morey said.
“Next minute it was all over the place.”
First Constable Hutcheson said neither speed nor driver error were factors in the crash.
Instead police believe environmental factors were to blame.
First Constable Hutcheson urged everyone to pitch in to keep the roads safe from slips.
If you’re driving and see a rainbow effect on the road, it can be a sign a slippery surface.
First Constable Hutcheson said people can report the hazard to a police station or Triple Zero (000).
“The next person may not see that hazard on the road and then a collision can be caused from that. Even if you think it is a lot slipperier than usual just call somebody,” First Constable Hutcheson said.
“We much rather somebody call Triple Zero and we can deal with it before a collision occurs.”
Regional Roads Victoria acting director, northern, Matt Gard said the incident was a timely reminder to drive to conditions.
“Roads can quickly become more slippery in wet weather, particularly if it hasn't rained for a while,” Mr Gard said.
“It's best to accelerate and brake slowly, keep plenty of room between you and the car in front and check your tyres are in good condition.”
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