Connecting Southampton to Surrey and the outskirts of London, the M3 carries thousands of commuters and tourists every day. Driving is a fast and convenient way to travel, but there are risks involved and road traffic accidents are sadly very common.
Whether you’re a regular traveller on the M3 or you’re preparing to use the motorway for the first time, here are some pointers to avoid a collision on the roads:
- Plan ahead
Most car crashes occur at rush hour when people are in a hurry to get to work, drop children off at school or make early meetings. If you travel at peak time, try to give yourself plenty of time and plan ahead, so that you’re not stressed or fraught when you’re driving, and so are able to focus all of your attention on the roads, as well as other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians around you.
- Drive carefully
According to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) statistics, 95 per cent of road accidents involve human error, meaning many are preventable.When you are driving on the motorway, take care to stick to the speed limits, check your mirrors and signal in plenty of time if you are changing lane and keep your distance from the vehicles in front.The most common examples of human mistakes include failing to look and speeding.
- Be aware of the conditions
Figures from the Department for Transport suggest that the risk of a car accident is increased by weather conditions, including snow, fog, ice and rain.When driving in poor conditions, take your time and remember to adjust your stopping distance. Give other vehicles more space and if the conditions are extreme, only drive if you absolutely have to.
- Look out for warning signs
UK motorways have electric signs, which are updated with traffic news, weather warnings, and details of driving conditions, so be sure to look out for alerts.
Making a claim for a motorway accident
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident on the motorway in the last three years and you can prove that you were not at fault, you may be able to claim road traffic accident compensation.
Gather as much information as you can about the motorway incident and then contact one of our Accident Advice Helpline advisers via our Freephone number 0800 689 0500. From there our highly trained lawyers will take over all the leg work, and ensure you receive the car crash compensation you deserve for the harm and distress you have experienced.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice