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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Top tips for driving on icy roads


    The winter brings with it some nasty weather conditions at times. Even when it doesn’t snow, cold weather can bring ice and frost, and that means road conditions can deteriorate and become dangerous.

    Driving on icy roads may be something you can avoid from time to time, but you are bound to have to do it eventually. As such, it makes sense to be prepared and to know how to drive to minimise the chances of having an accident.

    Slow down!

    This is the number one rule to remember. If you have to brake, your car will take longer to stop than it would on a regular road surface. Try steering well clear of other cars and vehicles too, and give yourself even more stopping room than you would normally need. If in doubt, leave even more space.

    Even if your car is well equipped for the winter, and has four-wheel drive and winter tyres fitted, don’t assume you can just drive as normal. These things will help, but they aren’t enough to prevent you from having an accident. If you do start to slide, take note of where the rear of your car is going and turn your steering wheel that same way. This will help correct the slide and it could make all the difference between having an accident and getting out of the situation with the minimum of hassle. There is less chance of sliding in the first place if you are driving more slowly.

    Don’t forget your seat belt

    While it is the law in the UK to wear a seat belt, some people still refrain from doing so. However, if you are involved in an accident while driving on icy roads, it could save your life. It could prevent you from going through the windscreen or hitting your head on the interior of the car and injuring yourself that way instead.

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    If two cars are involved in an accident on icy roads, it may be that the other driver is at fault, and you have been injured as a result. If this sounds familiar, and you would like to speak to an expert about the possibility of making a compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you could make a no win, no fee* claim. The answers you need are a phone call away.

    Date Published: January 25, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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