Driving can be dangerous at the best of times. If you’re travelling on icy roads or in glaring sunshine, the risk of road traffic accidents may be even greater. If you’re setting off on a long journey, or you drive on a regular basis, it’s best to avoid car crash hazards and ensure you adhere to driving rules. It’s also beneficial to use your common sense at all times, and driving on iced-over lakes really isn’t a sensible idea.
Driving on iced-over lakes
The weather can affect driving conditions and dramatically increase the risk of collisions on the road. Often, its possible to negotiate poor weather by slowing down and giving other vehicles more time. However, in some cases, its wise to steer well clear of hazards and avoid making journeys unless they are absolutely essential.
When it comes to iced over lakes, its never a good idea to try and test the strength of the ice layer. Ice can crack if you walk on it, let alone drive over it in a hefty vehicle. Beautifully preserved ice covers can look tempting, but err on the side of caution and stay well clear of driving on iced-over lakes.
Safety tips for driving in poor weather conditions
In the UK, we experience a broad spectrum of weather conditions and drivers should have their wits about them at all times. If you’re driving in bad weather, here are some tips to help you stay safe and avoid accidents on the road:
- Adjust your speed and stopping distance in wet and icy weather
- Take extra care in high winds and keep two hands on the wheel
- Always check your vehicle before you set off on a long journey; top up oil and water and test the tyre pressure
- Wear sunglasses in bright sunlight
- Keep well back from the vehicle in front
- Use fog lights when visibility is poor
- Pull over if you can’t see anything due to a temporary downpour or snow storm
- Don’t travel if there are severe weather warnings in place; listen out for local weather forecasts and news bulletins
When it is possible to claim compensation for a road accident?
You have a right to claim car crash compensation if you’ve been injured in a road accident which wasn’t your fault. If you were injured as a result of another driver speeding
or failing to look, for example, you may be eligible for road accident compensation.
If you would like to discuss the details of your personal injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice