If conditions experienced by many drivers over the last couple of years are anything to go by, anyone leaving London on Christmas Eve is most likely to experience hold-ups or encounter a road traffic accident during the morning, as most roads tend to be far less busy in the afternoon.
Driving out of London on Christmas Eve
This may, however, have been a simple result of the fact that, with Christmas Eve being fairly early in the week in the past few years, many drivers decided to leave the city over the weekend before. As Christmas Eve falls on a Thursday this year, things may look rather different. Drivers about to leave London on Christmas Eve should therefore, be prepared for the worst and expect not only hold-ups, but also the possibility of becoming involved in an accident on the road.
Combined with the chance of some drivers potentially taking the risk of driving after consuming alcohol, the likelihood of heavy traffic means drivers will have to be extra careful if they wish to avoid vehicle collisions. Some of the precautions drivers wishing to come out of London on Christmas Eve can take in order to avoid traffic accidents include:
- Allowing plenty of time to reach a destination to avoid having to rush
- Avoiding alcohol consumption before travelling
- Avoiding heavy meals and subsequent fatigue before driving
- Not using mobile phones while driving
- Remaining alert and keeping a close eye on other road users at all times
- Getting into required lanes in plenty of time and not causing car crashes by cutting other drivers up at the last minute
- Driving in a manner suitable for prevailing traffic, road and weather conditions
In other words, driving responsibly and watching other road users is as vital when trying to avoid motoring accidents on Christmas Eve as it is any other time of year.
When accidents do happen
Sadly, not all drivers take note of safety tips like these. As a result, innocent parties may be injured in traffic related accidents. Should you be unfortunate enough to sustain an injury because of another driver’s mistake, you could have the right to initiate a driver or passenger injury compensation claim. Secure the assistance of an experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor by calling our 24/7 helpline today. Our confidential freephone numbers are 0800 689 0500 for calls from landlines and 0333 500 0993 for calls from mobiles.
Date Published: December 20, 2015
Author: David Brown