Route 66 is perhaps the most iconic road trip in the world and a path thousands of travellers embark on every year. If you’re planning your own historic trip and you’re hoping to avoid road traffic accidents and have the time of your life in true Thelma and Louise style, here are some travel tips.
Driving safely on Route 66: Preventing car crashes
Route 66 conjures up so much more emotion, imagery and thought than a normal road because it is so heavily featured in films and TV shows and has such rich history, but it’s worth noting that at the end of the day, it is a highway. You need to bear this mind when you’re driving and adhere to all the rules of the road, like you would if you were driving along any other stretch of tarmac. Follow the speed limits, look out for other drivers and allow yourself extra time when you first start driving, as you will be in unfamiliar territory.
Allow yourself plenty of breaks so that you are not driving when you are tired, which increases the risk of accidents on the road. Part of the fun of doing the Route 66 road trip is discovering the weird and wonderful places along the way. It’s worth planning your trip in advance, even if you only have a rough idea of distances and proposed stops and doing some research and background reading. Road distances in the USA are notoriously misleading AND long.
What to do if you have a collision on the road
If you have a collision on Route 66, you should stop and take details of the other vehicle involved. If you were not to blame, you may be able to claim car accident compensation. Take down all the information you can about the time, location and other driver and then contact Accident Advice Helpline. If the incident happened within the last 3 years and you can show that you were not at fault, their expert legal team should be able to help you claim travel accident compensation or car crash compensation.
Why should I claim road accident compensation?
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident and you were not to blame, you could be eligible for compensation. Compensation is a financial payout, which is designed to go some way to making up for a negative situation and it can help to cover medical costs, rehabilitation and lost earnings.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown