The winter months bring testing conditions for drivers, so it’s wise to be aware of the risks of driving in adverse weather conditions and to adapt the way you drive in order to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents.
Are there common weather elements present in car crashes?
Driving in adverse weather conditions increases the risk of being injured in a car accident, but are there common weather elements present in more road accidents than others? Statistics show that driving in wet, foggy and snowy weather can increase the risk of accidents on the road, but weather elements tend to be combined in research projects, rather than studies concentrating on one specific weather element, so it is difficult to pin-point the most threatening hazards. Different weather conditions pose varying hazards for drivers; fog reduces visibility, while storms, icy roads and snow all increase stopping distance and decrease grip on the road.
Safety tips for driving in poor weather conditions
If it’s raining heavily, there’s thick fog or a snow storm is forecast, it’s very important to take extra care to prevent collisions on the road. Here are some tips to help you survive winter driving:
- drive slowly and give other vehicles plenty of space if your visibility is reduced
- use your fog lights if visibility drops below 100m
- slow down if the roads are wet or icy
- if you start to skid, drive into the skid and avoid braking heavily; reduce your speed
- if the weather is very bad, consider delaying your journey
- pull over in a safe place if it starts to rain torrentially or there is heavy snow and you cannot see in front or around you
- always make sure you have enough fuel before you start a journey and check your oil and screen wash levels on a regular basis
- take warm clothes, bottled water and some snacks with you in the car just in case you break down
Can I claim compensation for a crash in bad weather?
If you’ve been involved in a car crash in bad weather and you weren’t to blame, you may be eligible for a road accident compensation payout. If the crash happened in the last 3 years and you have evidence to confirm that you were not at fault for your car crash injuries, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile and talk to one of our friendly advisors.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown