Driving on the roads requires concentration and vigilance. When travelling with passengers it is important you consider both their safety and your own to minimise the risk of a road traffic accident.
Tips for safety
- Ensure that all passengers are wearing seat belts. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) suggest that over 300 deaths per year could be prevented if drivers and passengers wore their seat belt correctly. It is also a legal requirement for drivers and passengers to wear seat belts while in a car.
- On long journeys, of over four hours, remember to stop off at a service station. As with flights, car passengers are also at risk from deep vein thrombosis. Rest stops also allow the driver to recuperate, stay alert and reduce road traffic accidents.
- It is important that all children are provided with the correct child seats:
- 0 – 12 months: rear facing car seat
- 1 – 4 years: forward facing car seat
- 4 – 12 years: booster seat
- 12+ years and up to 135cm tall: booster seat
Parents of babies and toddlers can find the most suitable car seat by seeking advice from a specialist, such as a Home and Travel Expert at Mothercare. Car seats help to reduce the impact a collision has on a child during a car traffic accident, when their muscles are not developed sufficiently enough to deal with this. Boosters ensure the seat belt is correctly placed for safety.
4. Let passengers know how to behave while they are in your car. It is important that drivers are not distracted. Requesting items, or starting a conversation with the driver, can be particularly distracting, while arguing or picking fault with the driver’s choices can also cause accidents on the road.
5. Keep your passengers safe by being particularly vigilant while they are in your car.
Have you been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault?
Drivers or passengers who have sustained an injury caused by a road collision can sometimes claim compensation for the hurt they incurred.
If the road incident occurred within the last three years, and you can prove you are not accountable for your injury, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you.
As a law firm with 13 years’ experience, Accident Advice Helpline will assess your claim and ensure it is passed to their most suited legal representative.
From there, working on a no-win, no-fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline, and your solicitor, will manage your claim to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown