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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    5 traits of careful drivers

    Most people who are careful drivers have a few things in common. They don’t take their focus off the road, even for a second, they’re aware of hazards around them and they travel at a speed that’s suitable for driving conditions. In case you’re wondering how to be a more careful driver, here are 5 traits common to all careful drivers:

    • Careful drivers don’t drive when over the limit or drowsy. If you’ve had a drink, ask someone else to drive you home. On long journeys, ensure you take a break for fresh air and refreshments every couple of hours.
    • Careful drivers don’t speed. Sometimes, you’ll need to adjust your speed according to weather conditions, for example if it’s foggy or snowing. It’s also important to ensure you leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front.
    • Careful drivers wear their seat belts – you should always wear your seat belt and ensure passengers do the same, as this could save your life in the event of a car accident. 
    • Careful drivers avoid distraction – speaking on your phone, fiddling with your car stereo, even applying make-up or eating and drinking whilst driving are all distractions which could easily lead to an accident occurring. If you need to do any of these things, find a safe place to pull over, rather than taking your attention off the road.
    • Careful drivers maintain their vehicles. It’s important to make sure that your car is roadworthy; this doesn’t just mean that it’s had its MOT and service, but also that you’ve checked it before setting off on a journey. Tyre pressure and tread are both important to check, particularly if driving in wet or icy conditions.

    What if you’re in a car accident?

    Sometimes, accidents do happen, no matter how carefully you drive. If you’re involved in a car accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation against the other driver. It’s important to gather as much evidence as you can at the scene of the crash – this includes the other driver’s details and details of any witnesses; you should try to take some photographs too, if you can. It’s also vital to keep receipts for any expenses you incur relating to the crash, such as travel to medical appointments or the cost of prescription medication.

    Claiming for compensation

    The aftermath of a car accident can be a stressful time, particularly if you or someone you love has been injured. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know how you feel, and we’re sympathetic to your needs; we won’t judge, but we will offer confidential, no-obligation advice. Just call our freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500 – we’re open 24/7 – and one of our expert team will usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. Because we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, you won’t need to pay a penny unless your claim is successful. Why not call us today and see how much you could claim?

    Date Published: December 22, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    Category: Car accident claims

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