It seems to be an unwritten law that, when it’s a bank holiday in the United Kingdom, the heavens open and the rain pours down. As a result, on the rare occasions the sun is shining, competition for places at the beach is fierce. This can bring a number of threats to personal safety to the surface, not least the looming spectre of accidents on the road.
How can I avoid road traffic accidents on the way to the beach on a bank holiday?
The first step to staying safe on the road is to plan your journey well in advance. Given the likely state of the traffic, knowing exactly where you are going can prove to be vitally important.
Getting lost will only lead to panic and distraction setting in, both of which are notorious ingredients for causing crashes on the road. Being flustered can lead to making rash decisions and movements. Collisions with vehicles or other incidents on the road usually follow.
It’s also important that you allow plenty of time for completing your journey. As mentioned, traffic on the roads during a bank holiday can be something of a nightmare so it is crucial you allow considerably more time than usual to reach your destination.
Similar to getting lost, running late can make risky shortcuts and manoeuvres seem extremely tempting. However, taking these risks only makes the likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road considerably higher.
How can I stay safe in a crowded or full car park?
The final step in staying safe on the road on your bank holiday trip to the beach is negotiating the often hazardous parking conditions.
Quite simply, if a car park is full, you should accept it and find somewhere else. Under no circumstances should you try and park in a space that is either too small or not really a proper space at all.
Attempting to do so is only likely to cause damage to your or someone else’s car in a vehicle collision.
What can I do if I am injured in a traffic accident?
Provided the road crash wasn’t your fault, caused injuries that required medical attention and occurred within the last three years, then you may be due some road accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in processing such claims and work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice