Cornwall is one of the UK’s most treasured holiday destinations, attracting crowds from every corner of the country, as well as overseas, every year. If you’re planning a trip down to Cornwall for the half-term break, here is a survivor guide to help you avoid road traffic accidents and holiday injuries.
Getting to Cornwall safely
Half-term holidays are notorious for car crashes, as people leave home en masse to reach popular locations, such as the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cornwall and Devon. If you’re preparing to hit the roads, plan ahead, give yourself plenty of time and try to avoid leaving at peak hours. If you can bring yourself to set an early alarm, setting off in the small hours could save you hours of queuing in traffic.
Once you reach Cornwall, you’ll probably find that there is heavy traffic on the main routes and once you turn off the main roads, your route may involve windy roads and worn tracks. Take extra care when driving on country roads and watch out for hazards, including walkers and cyclists, animals and other motorists. When driving in traffic, try to stay calm and be patient; give the vehicle in front of you space, always check your mirrors when you change lane or turn off and signal early to let drivers behind you know what you are doing. Speeding is one of the most common causes of road incidents, so pay attention to the speed limits and look out for warning signs.
Hurrying increases the risk of road accidents and slips, trips and falls, so take time to plan your holiday itinerary and factor in enough time to get to sights, beaches and attractions.
Coping with crowds
In the school holidays, Cornwall can be very busy, especially if you’re planning on visiting prime tourist spots such as St Ives, St Michael’s Mount, Padstow and Mousehole, so it may be worth tailoring your trip to avoid the crowds. Consider visiting major sights during off-peak hours and on beach days, get there early to ensure you get a good spot. If you are in a crowded place, pay attention to where you’re going and look out for hazards, such as motorists, uneven pavements and obstructions, which may cause you to fall.
Claiming for a car crash in Cornwall
If you’ve been involved in a collision on the roads in Cornwall and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to pursue a no win, no fee* claim for car crash compensation. At the time of the crash, note down all the relevant details, such as the date, time and exact location, take down the other driver’s contact and insurance details and their registration number, seek medical advice and call Accident Advice Helpline. It’s also highly beneficial to take photographs of the vehicles involved and any injuries sustained in the incident.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice