Christmas is a time for giving and receiving presents, eating good food, drinking fine wine and spending time with loved ones, but it also presents dangers for drivers. The last thing you want is to be involved in a road traffic accident at Christmas, so here are some simple steps you can follow to reduce your risk of being involved in a collision.
Preventing car crashes
Before you travel, check the weather forecast and keep an ear out for the local travel news; if there are weather warnings in place or extreme weather conditions are forecast, consider changing your plans or delaying your journey.
Check your tyres, oil and water levels and ensure that your car is running well before you leave for your destination. In the winter, it is a good idea to pack blankets and warm clothing, just in case you break down and you have to wait outside in the cold.
Avoiding accidents on the road
When you are driving over the festive period, take extra care if it is snowing, foggy or icy, and remember to increase your stopping distance. Watch out for children, animals and cyclists and give traffic in front of you extra room. Remember to use your lights if it is dark or misty and pay full attention to the road ahead.
At Christmas time, it’s common to indulge in alcoholic drinks; always ensure you are below the legal limit if you are planning to drive. The best advice is to avoid drinking altogether if you are driving later in the day. It is worth noting that alcohol stays in your system, so you may be over the limit if you are driving the morning after a night out or a boozy evening in.
I’ve had a car accident, can I claim compensation?
If you’ve been involved in a car crash and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim road traffic accident compensation. If the accident occurred within the last 3 years and you can prove that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your claim with a personal injury lawyer.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm,which specialises in car crash claims, travel accident compensation, public liability claims and work accident compensation. Our firm is endorsed by consumer rights champion, Esther Rantzen, and operates a strict no-win, no-fee* policy. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown