Driving in the colder months, including the dreaded winter office commute, can be exceptionally dangerous and, unless you are prepared, you may end up having a road traffic accident.
Avoiding accidents on the winter office commute
Here are the top five tips to avoid motoring accidents in winter:
- Equipment: To prevent having an accident on the road or getting stranded, check your vehicle before you embark on your journey. Make sure that the windscreen is clean, you have plenty of screen washer fluid, your headlights are in proper working order and clean, tyres are properly inflated and have plenty of tread, and you have plenty of antifreeze to hand. Avoid getting stranded with a flat battery by having it tested. You should also carry a few items in case of emergencies, including, a flashlight and spare batteries, first aid kit, blanket, warm clothes, mobile phone, a flask or bottled non-alcoholic drinks, snacks. You should also ensure that you have sunglasses. The glare of sun on ice and snow can be intense. Being dazzled by the glare could easily cause a car crash.
- Driving speed and style: Once on the road, avoid car accidents by slowing down and driving smoothly. Avoid accelerating, braking or turning abruptly, as this could cause loss of traction; skidding and vehicle collisions.
- Tailgating: Snow and ice significantly increase braking distances, so tailgating, which is a common cause of road accidents at the best of times, is definitely a big no-no on the winter office commute. Slamming on your brakes, if the vehicle in front of you suddenly stops, is not only likely to cause a car crash, it could also cause you to skid and cause a collision with oncoming vehicles.
- Cruise control: Using your cruise control in rain, snow or ice can be extremely dangerous, as it will attempt to maintain constant speed if your car skids or hydroplanes. The acceleration and rapid wheel spin resulting from this could lead you to lose control and have a vehicle accident.
- Give it a miss: Finally, if conditions get too bad, stay at home or, if you are already travelling and get hit by a blizzard, pull over and wait for things to calm down.
Claiming compensation for an accident on the road
When you have done your best, but another driver’s errors led to you being injured by accident, you could qualify for driver injury compensation. Learn more about claiming for compensation by giving Accident Advice Helpline a call today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice