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    Taking care when roadtripping to North Devon

    Summer is here and thousands of people will be heading to the UK’s beautiful seaside resorts for a well-earned break. If you’re planning a road trip down to North Devon and you’re eager to steer clear of traffic and reduce your risk of being involved in road traffic accidents, here are some simple travel tips to help you take care when roadtripping to North Devon.

    Before you go

    Before you set off on a road trip, it’s essential to perform some basic safety checks and make sure your car is ready for the journey. Check the tyre tread and air pressure and pump up your tyres if necessary; it’s also important to include your spare tyre when performing these checks. Top up your engine oil and screen wash and fill your car up with fuel. Once your car is ready, it’s a good idea to plan your route, schedule some breaks and check the weather and traffic reports. Always carry some bottled water and snacks, warm clothing and a first aid kit in the car with you.

    Safety on the roads

    Even the gentlest drive in the British countryside can carry risks and it’s really important to drive safely. Although road safety figures are improving year on year, every year in the UK, thousands of people suffer serious injuries in collisions on the road and in 2012, 1713 people were killed in accidents on the road. The vast majority of road accidents are caused by driver error, which may include speeding, failing to notice or respond to hazards, dangerous driving, drinking under the influence of drink or drugs and driving while tired. If you’re going on a road trip, pay attention to the speed limits, take regular breaks to prevent tiredness, look out for other vehicles and always check your mirrors and your blind spot before changing speed, turning into or out of a junction, changing lane, stopping or overtaking.

    What to do if you have a car accident

    If you are involved in a car crash, leave your vehicle and call the police from a safe place; if you or your passengers require medical assistance, call an ambulance. Once you are stable and you feel fit to do so, exchange insurance details with the other driver and write down exactly what happened; it may also be worthwhile taking photographs of your injuries and your vehicle and asking any witnesses for their contact details.

    In the event that you want to pursue a road traffic accident claim, the personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline will use this information to support your car crash claim and prove that you were not to blame for the accident nor the injuries you subsequently suffered.

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    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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