When making a long car journey, it is not always possible to foresee potential accidents en route. Accidents or unexpected road works may require taking a detour on a diverted route. Having to make a last minute change like this, may throw you off-guard and leave you liable to suffering a road traffic accident. Take some of the steps below to avoid suffering a car crash on a diverted route:
- Plan Ahead
Before setting off on your journey, take a look at a map to familiarise yourself with the various ways of reaching your destination. This will help to make you aware of any potential diverted routes along your way. The internet is also a good source of traffic delays.Additionally, you may want to make use of a high quality satellite navigation system, which can warn you about potential traffic on the road ahead, and help you avoid suffering a car accident.
- Stay Alert
The UK Department for Transport estimates that 20% of all road accidents are caused by driving tired. Therefore, ensure you have a good night’s sleep before setting off on your journey, and take a break as often as you need.To stay on top of traffic updates, drive with the radio on. Not only will this provide entertainment for your journey, it will also keep you informed of live traffic updates.
- Keep Calm
Don’t panic if you have to turn down an unfamiliar road due to an unexpected diversion. If you’re lucky, road signs will point out the right way. Additionally, your satellite navigation should automatically update to show you an alternative route.Similarly, ensure you are driving in a calming environment to avoid suffering an incident on the road. Keep little ones busy with games or films, and keep your eyes trained on the road ahead to avoid a last minute road collision.
If you have suffered an injury on the road that was no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry. We can help you to pursue a successful injury claim.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice