If you’re looking forward to hitting the road and discovering new places and sights on a road trip holiday, the last thing you want is the trip to end in disaster with a road traffic accident.
Risks on road trip holidays
Here are five of the biggest threats that individuals should avoid when embarking on road trip holidays:
- Speeding: Most people are aware of the speed limits on the roads at home, but when you’re abroad and you’re not familiar with the roads, you may speed without even realising, increasing the risk of a car crash. Keep your eyes out for speed restrictions and make sure you drive under the limit at all times. It’s worth noting that some countries display limits in kilometres per hour, rather than miles.
- Animals: If you’re embarking on a road trip in remote areas, such as the wilds of the Australian bush, or you’re planning to veer off the major highways in America, keep your eyes peeled for animals crossing the roads. Look out for koalas, kangaroos, dogs, and cattle, and drive within the speed limit to give yourself the best chance of stopping safely if you do spot something in the road.
- Drink driving: Most of us would admit to enjoying a drink or two on holiday and many of us drink more than we would usually at home; however, the rules regarding drink driving are similar in most countries and if you’re planning a night out or you’ve had a few drinks, you should arrange a lift, use public transport, or book a taxi. Drink driving reduces reaction times and affects judgement, dramatically increasing the risk of collisions on the road.
- Weather conditions: Weather conditions have a significant impact on driving safety and whether you’re caught up in a tropical cyclone, a snow drift, or a sand storm, you should take extra care when driving in extreme conditions. Listen to local news broadcasts and avoid driving unless you absolutely have to when the weather is poor.
- Unfamiliar roads: When you’re driving abroad, there are lots of things to think about, from driving on the other side of the road to different speed limits, so it’s best to plan ahead, research your route, ensure you have plenty of fuel to get to your destination and stick to the speed limit. When you’re not familiar with the roads, it can be stressful, especially if you get lost, so try to give yourself time and use a sat nav for guidance.
Can I claim for a road accident abroad?
If you were involved in a car accident abroad and you can prove that the other driver was to blame, you may be eligible for car crash compensation.
Take photographs, note down the details of the other driver and contact information from eyewitnesses, and then contact Accident Advice Helpline for professional advice. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have expertise in handling travel accident compensation and road traffic accident claims.
For more information, contact us via our Freephone helpline number today, on 0800 689 0500. There’s no obligation to pursue your claim following the call.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice