Statistically, you’re more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents in the winter months, but this doesn’t mean that summer weather is trouble-free for drivers. Whether you’re planning a road trip or you drive to work every day, here are some tips to help you steer clear of road accidents in the hot and humid weather.
How does hot and humid weather affect driving conditions?
Many people are aware of the driving risks associated with winter snow showers and icy roads, but summer weather conditions can also be troublesome. Bright sunlight can reduce visibility and make driving dangerous, while humid weather often gives way to storms, which produce torrential downpours that make the roads slippery and create problems with visibility, which may increase the risk of car crashes.
If storms are forecast and you’re planning a journey, consider delaying your trip until the storm has passed or find a safe place to pull over if the rain has already started falling. If you’re driving in rain, turn your wipers on, slow down and keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you, as your stopping distance will increase. If you’re driving in bright sunlight, wear sunglasses, stick to the speed limits and take extra care when looking out for signals from other drivers, which may be more difficult to see.
What should I do if I have an accident?
All accidents on the road should be reported to the police and officers will ask you for your version of events, as well as those of others involved in the collision. If you have been injured in a crash, you should seek medical help.
If you wish to claim compensation for a car crash, which wasn’t your fault, it is also a good idea to keep a record of your statement and to ask eye witnesses for their contact details; you may also wish to take photographs of the vehicles involved, your injuries and the scene of the road incident.
Claiming compensation for a car accident
If you have been injured in a road accident and you have proof that you were not to blame, you have a right to claim road accident compensation. If the incident occurred within the last 3 years, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim the compensation you deserve with minimal hassle and stress; our expert personal injury lawyers will do all the leg work for you, so you can focus on recovering and moving forward. Compensation can help to ease financial burden created by reduced earnings, taking time off work or giving up your job altogether. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice