Driving from London to Cardiff on the M4 is relatively straightforward and should take around 3 hours in good traffic conditions. However as with any car journey, it’s important to take measures to ensure your safety and to avoid becoming involved in a road traffic collision.
Before you set off
Before you embark on any long journey by car there are a number of essential checks that you should undertake. First of all it’s important to make a visual inspection of the tyres on your car. Tread depth should be at least 1.6mm and can be measured using a tread gauge which can be purchased inexpensively and are even provided for free by some garages. Ensure there are no bulges or gouges in the sidewall of the tyres. Check your tyre pressure at a local garage and inflate your tyres as necessary. Check the oil level through the dipstick or on-board computer and top up if your oil is running low.
Using your satnav
Satnavs not only display the most direct route to your destination but can also suggest alternative routes if there is heavy traffic disruption. Not only will this save you time by preventing you from becoming stuck in traffic, but it can also help to save costs through the reduction in fuel use and can even help to avoid becoming involved in a road traffic accident which may occur in heavy traffic.
Taking a break
Even when the journey is relatively short, such as the journey from London to Cardiff on the M4, it’s important to take regular breaks when driving. This can help to focus your concentration as a split-second lapse in concentration can lead to a car accident. Use these breaks to stretch your legs and prevent repetitive strain injuries from occurring.
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic collision and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation. Lines are open 24/7 and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown