Statistically speaking, winter is the time of year in which you are most likely to be involved in a road traffic accident. The icy conditions can make it difficult to obtain traction on the roads and the often foggy conditions can obstruct your vision.
Avoiding accidents on the winter motorway drive
Here is Accident Advice Helpline’s top five safety tips ahead of a winter motorway drive this year:
- Tyres: Tyres are quite possibly the most important part of your vehicle when driving in snow and icy conditions. Check your tyre pressure and tread levels on your car before setting off. Worn tyres will severely affect steering when driving on icy roads. Although winter tyres are not a legal obligation in the UK as they are in many European countries, it may be a good idea to invest in a set.
- Leaving a gap: Always remember that stopping distances are much longer on ice and snow than they are in regular weather conditions. Leave a four-second gap between you and the vehicle travelling in front of you as this will allow you adequate time to react to a situation and stop safely.
- De-icing windows: It’s imperative to de-ice your windows before setting off. Use a scraper or defroster in order to clear the ice from your windows. Ensure that the windows have been completely de-iced and not just the driver’s side as your vision may be obstructed otherwise.
- Thermostat: It’s not just your driving that can cause an accident in the winter months. Check your car is heating properly before setting off on a long journey. A broken heater or thermostat could lead to a serious cold or flu and in extreme cases, hypothermia.
- Traffic and travel: Icy conditions on the road can lead to severe congestion. It is in fact possible to be involved in a road traffic collision when in slow-moving traffic. Avoid congested areas by keeping up to date with the latest traffic and travel reports on the radio or your satnav.
Claiming compensation for a winter car accident
If you’ve been injured as the result of a car accident on a winter motorway drive, or at any time or place in the last three years, through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis and the majority of claims are settled outside of court.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice