Many of us dislike driving in the dark at any time of year but the risks of a road traffic accident occurring in the dark of winter increases and such anxieties surrounding driving also rise.
Avoiding a road traffic accident in winter
Country lanes are particularly dangerous for drivers. The very nature of the uneven, winding roads makes driving difficult; however, the risk of road traffic accidents rise, as hazards worsen due to weather conditions and darker days.
It may sound simple, but the best way to avoid a road traffic accident in winter is to drive carefully, especially so when on country roads.
- Drive in accordance to the speed limit and slow down to a reasonable speed, in respect of the weather.
- When the weather is, or is expected to be, particularly adverse, avoid travelling where possible and look for alternative routes that avoid country lanes.
- Dim your dashboard and aim your headlights. Check that your headlights are working before you travel, both to improve your vision and to warn oncoming cars of your presence.
- Make sure that all windows and mirrors are clear and de-iced to improve your vision.
- Use fog lights when headlights aren’t needed so you are able to see the road.
- Don’t leave home without your glasses or contact lenses.
Injured in a road traffic accident?
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you can claim compensation for any injury incurred and for damage to your car.
At the time of the car collision, be sure to take note of the driver’s registration plate number and their contact details. Write an objective account of events when you get home, as you will need to give a statement and details of the car crash can quickly be forgotten.
It is important to take photographs of any injuries you sustain as well as any damage to your car.
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Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown