Winter weather is responsible for all sorts of mayhem on roads across the country. Drivers can do much to prevent getting stranded or being injured in winter motoring accidents. Here are the top tips for preventing winter calamities:
Avoiding fatigue and warming up vehicles
Reduce the risk of fatigue causing traffic accidents by getting plenty of rest before tackling winter journeys. To prevent being overcome with toxic fumes, never warm up your vehicle in your garage or other enclosed areas.
Tyres, fuel and hand-brakes
Ensure your tyre pressure is correct and never be tempted to mix radial tyres and other types of tyre. Make sure your fuel tank is always filled at least to the half-way mark. This not only prevents the fuel line against freezing up, it also avoids getting stuck with no fuel during long, often slow and congested journeys. You should also avoid using your handbrake as much as possible during rainy, cold and/or snowy weather.
To avoid getting hurt in vehicle collisions:
- Always wear your seat belt
- Always look and direct the vehicle in the direction you wish to go
- Accelerate, decelerate and drive slowly
- Keep your distance from other vehicles
- Go up hills slowly but steadily and avoid stopping
- Reduce your speed when reaching the top of a hill and go down as slowly as you can
- Never use cruise control while driving on ice, sand, wet or otherwise slippery surfaces
If at all possible, try not to drive at all. The best way to avoid accidents on the road in winter is to stay at home.
Preparing for emergencies
If you do have to go out, prepare yourself for possible emergencies by carrying a mobile phone and blankets, gloves and hats; water, food and any medication you may require in the car. This is particularly important when going on long journeys.
Waiting for help
Should you get stranded, do not leave your vehicle, but help rescuers find you by tying a bright cloth to your car aerial or by catching it in the top of your window. During the night, make it easier for others to find you by keeping the interior light switched on.
Not everyone has the sense to drive sensibly in winter. Should you sustain an injury because a careless driver causes a road traffic accident, it is possible for you to be entitled to driver injury compensation. Make a call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to learn more about making car accident claims.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice