With severe weather at Easter becoming a distinct possibility, leading compensation provider Accident Advice Helpline, is concerned that drivers may ignore severe weather warnings because it is no longer officially Winter. The company has released some good advice about driving in harsh conditions in the hope of reducing the number of accidents on our roads.
The Daily Mail reports that Britain could be facing the coldest Easter on record and that the odds of a white Easter are currently 2-1. This has prompted personal injury claim advice provider, Accident Advice Helpline, to remind drivers to take extra care if the bookies predictions come true.
Driving on snow and ice can be hazardous even for the most experienced drivers, so what precautions should people take before hitting the roads for their Easter break? Accident Advice Helpline suggests these measures:
- Watch your speed and use gears to slow down the car, rather than braking harshly, which can cause you to skid
- Allow other cars to get to the top of a hill before you start to climb. This will ensure that you do not have to stop and re-start on the slope
- Take an old rug with you in your boot so that if you get stuck in snow, you can place it in front of the wheels to gain some purchase
- Do not forget some spare clothing – boots or shoes also come in handy if the soles of the pair you are wearing become caked in snow
- Make sure you have some food and drink with you in the car
A representative of the car crash claims law firm commented,
“Many drivers are unprepared for sudden snowfall at this time of year. They expect the temperatures to pick up once Easter is in sight, but unfortunately this is often not the case. We deal with many RTA claims in the Spring that result from someone driving too fast in treacherous conditions, so our advice is to heed the weather warnings and ignore the fact that it really should be warmer!”