Winter conditions are, by far, the most hazardous for driving. Black ice, sleet, snow, rain, impaired vision, low setting suns during rush hour, the list of hazards and potential causes of accidents on the road is virtually endless. What’s more, it’s not just the act of driving itself. To be able to leave your car in adverse weather conditions, there are a number of things you need to consider to ensure that it stays safe.
What’s the safest way to leave your car in adverse weather conditions?
In order to think about the safest way to leave your car in adverse weather conditions, we first need to think about what those conditions might be. Let’s start with the most obvious, and probably the most dangerous, ice. How should you leave your car when you suspect the weather is going to bring icy conditions with it?
The first thing to do is to try and leave your car somewhere flat. If you have to park on a slope, it’s essential you are certain that your handbrake is in good working order. Now you need to think about the car itself. Putting a pre-made solution on the windscreen can help prevent your car from icing up, or at least make it easier to remove the ice upon your return. These solutions can be purchased from stores, or you can carefully make your own.
If you’re expecting snow, think about using a cover for your car. There are many varieties of car covers available in all kinds of sizes. These enable you to leave your car in adverse weather conditions without incurring any damage.
Now let’s think about the wind. Of course, if it’s extremely windy, you should consider whether you need to drive at all. If high winds are expected to develop later on, park well away from trees and other things that could damage your vehicle if dislodged or blown over.
How to make a road traffic claim
Adverse weather conditions are just one of many safety elements road users have to contend with. Every time you get behind the wheel, you are as dependent on other drivers’ skills for safety as you are your own. If you are injured in a traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, injury compensation may be due. Call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience dealing with road traffic claims.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice