The lockdown meant that there was a pause in the usual parade of rolled-over vehicles on Lanzarote’s news pages, but late May and early June saw tumbling cars once again.
First published in Gazette Life, July 1st 2020.
Rollovers are among the commonest serious accidents on Lanzarote, and this may have something to do with the amount of SUVs on the island. These vehicles are higher and more top heavy than others, and thus more prone to rollovers.
Another factor is Lanzarote’s terrain. In most parts of the island roads are located on rough, uneven terrain. Once you leave the road, a rollover is far more likely than on smoother flatter ground.
The risk also highlights the importance of wearing a seatbelt. A rollover in Arrecife on 6th June saw the driver ejected from the vehicle – and this also happens in three out of four fatalities involving rollovers.