Samuel Johnson famously said, ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ However, we all need a change of scenery once in a while, and many of us choose to take a trip from London up to the capital in the north. Driving from London to Edinburgh is a serious undertaking which may take you up to eight hours or more. It is therefore, wise to take some precautions before you set off, to avoid suffering a road traffic accident en route.
How can I avoid a road accident?
According to the Department for Transport, tiredness is the cause of 20% of car accidents in the UK, so ensure that when you set off on your journey you have enjoyed a good night’s sleep beforehand. Additionally, make sure you take regular breaks, stopping at services along the way to have a bite to eat and a cup of coffee, to keep you alert on the road.
As the journey from London to Edinburgh is a particularly long one, you may choose to stop for an overnight stay in one of the towns en route. If travelling on the A1 a historic town like York, roughly halfway between the two cities, is a good place to visit to break your journey.
Furthermore, make sure you have a good idea of your route. Keep a map in the car, or better still use a satellite navigation system, so you can plan around traffic updates and quickly alter your route if you get lost. By taking these precautions, you will greatly reduce your chances of suffering a personal injury on the road.
What else can I do?
To avoid an accident on the road altogether, you can always choose to fly or take the train from London to Edinburgh. However, many people still prefer to drive, believing it to be a more comfortable way to travel. If you do decide to drive make sure you take steps, such as those above, to protect yourself and your family.
If you have suffered a road accident while driving from London to Edinburgh, or anywhere else, then you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry. Our telephone lines are open 24/7, and you can speak to our advisors in total confidence. We also have a wealth of information on our website, including a 30-second test compensation calculator. We work on a 100 per cent no win no fee* basis, so you’ve nothing to lose by getting in touch. Call 0800 689 0500 now.