During English wintertime you should check the local weather forecast before leaving the house in case of icy conditions and avoid driving if possible. If your journey is essential then follow these tips to avoid having a road traffic accident.
If you have suffered an injury due to hazardous conditions you could help your claim for compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline.
Avoiding accidents on icy roads in winter
Before you set off clear windows of ice and snow for visibility, and make sure lights, number plates and mirrors are clear. Check the route and plan to take larger roads that are more likely to be gritted.
Let someone know where you are going and what time you will arrive, too.
Take an emergency kit with you, comprising of items, such as:
- Food and water
- First aid kit
- High visibility jacket
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Jump leads
- Warm clothes and boots
- Snow shovel
If you were the driver and have sustained an injury in the treacherous conditions of the UK winter then you could be eligible for road traffic accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Take extra care – sudden reactions can cause loss of control and a possible driving accident so take bends slowly and smoothly. Acceleration, gear changes and braking should all be done slowly. Keep at a low-speed and in a high gear, use the brakes sparingly, only if steering out of trouble is not possible, and do not rely on your advanced breaking system!
A high gear is helpful to get initial grip on an icy surface. Leave extra space between you and the car in front to avoid a road traffic accident. Stopping distances are far greater in ice so up to ten times the normal is recommended.
Be aware of changing conditions and listen to travel news bulletins in case of other car accidents. Black Ice isn’t always easy to spot and is a hazard for pedestrians as well as drivers.
If you were injured in a road traffic accident then call Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With over 15 years’ experience dealing with all sorts of road traffic accident claims, we will be able to offer the best advice for proceeding.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice