Central Birmingham is a notorious for heavy traffic. Travelling on the M6 Toll can help you to reach your destination faster and prevent you from sitting in stop-start traffic jams for hours on end. If you’re heading south and you’re eager to avoid the centre of Birmingham, here are some simple tips to help you avoid road traffic accidents en route:
Plan your route
If you’re heading off on a vacation, you have a meeting or you’re visiting friends and you have a choice of routes, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and find out about the roads you may be travelling on.
The M6 is notorious for heavy traffic, especially at peak hours, and if you don’t have to travel through central Birmingham, it’s probably best to take the M6 Toll, which is usually clear, to cut your journey time and save you a lot of stress.
Before you set off, it’s advisable to check the latest travel reports for news about road closures, road works and car accidents, which may affect your travel time.
Have a rest
If you have a long drive ahead of you, take regular breaks so that you can stretch your legs and give yourself a break. Stop every couple of hours and if you start to feel tired, visit the next service station for a rest.
Driving when you are tired decreases your reaction time and increases your risk of being involved in an accident on the road.
Stick to the speed limit
If the roads are quiet and you’re desperate to get to your destination, it can be tempting to put your foot down on the motorway, but you should always drive according to the speed limit. According to statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), speeding is one of the most common causes of collisions on the road.
Can I claim for an accident on the motorway?
If you’ve been involved in an accident on the motorway or you’ve been hit by another car, through no fault of your own, you may wish to consider claiming car crash compensation.
If the road accident happened in the last three years and you have the relevant witness details and reports to support your version of the story, contact our Accident Advice Helpline advisers on 0800 689 0500 to discover more about no-win no-fee* road traffic accident compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice