Going on a road trip can be a fun and thrilling adventure. However, like all long road trips you need to be careful in order to avoid becoming involved in a road traffic accident.
How are road traffic accidents caused on long road trips?
One of the most common causes of a car crash whilst on a long road trip is down to driver fatigue. When you have been driving for extended periods of time driver fatigue starts setting in. This could mean that you are less focused on the road, susceptible to distractions and prone to shutting your eyes. Alternatively it could mean you are less aware of your road positioning which could cause you to slowly move to the middle of the lane or toward the side of the road.
How to avoid a car crash during long road trips
The main thing you need to remember to help prevent a car crash is to take regular breaks. Not only will you feel better as it will give you a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air but it will mean you’re less likely to suffer driver fatigue. If there is more than one driver on the road trip, try to share the driving. This will also help keep driver fatigue away as the one person can be resting whilst the other is driving.
Another way of avoiding a car accident is to keep well hydrated and be prepared. If you plan out your route before you leave not only are you likely to be less stressed but you will be more confident whilst driving. This also means you are less likely to have to make any erratic movements which some may do when they are lost.
Suffering a car accident
If you have been involved in a car accident within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in dealing with personal injury claims including road traffic accident claims.
Backed by consumer champion and TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline can help make the claims process simple and stress-free. To find out more about making a car accident claim, speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile today.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown