Many of us use the motorway on a daily basis, and manage to avoid being involved in road traffic accidents. The key to achieving this objective is by staying disciplined and obeying the correct rules of the motorway. Any type of accident incurred on these super highways can be extremely traumatic and even life threatening. Travelling at speeds in excess of the speed limit can seriously test our driving skills and reaction times. The faster that you are driving, the quicker you need to brake in a safe manner. Whilst companies such as Accident Advice Helpline can certainly help you to make a claim for the results of other drivers’ careless actions, it is better to avoid any need for our expert help.
Drive with Care
Most of the rules that we follow on standard road systems are transferrable when we take to the M roads. The same is true regarding the driving skills that we have developed since passing our test. But we also need to take the speed factor into serious consideration, and sometimes that does not happen. When a vehicle is travelling at around 70 mph, we should ensure that we remain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. A 4 second gap is the absolute minimum for safe braking capacities. A safe driver will also use the appropriate rear view and wing mirrors to monitor traffic behind and alongside the vehicle. Never use your mobile phone when driving and ensure that you take a 20 minute break every 2 hours.
Always Look After Your Vehicle
You should ensure that your car is serviced on regular occasions and always perform a short check before any long journey. The brake fluid and coolant should be checked weekly as should the battery and tyre condition. You should also check that your front and rear seatbelts work fine, and ensure that your passengers use this safety equipment correctly. Even a minor collision at a low speed can result in serious injuries. The seatbelt has saved thousands of lives, please allow it to continue doing this. A small cut or whiplash injury can be dealt with easily enough, but omitting to buckle up on the motorway will definitely be life threatening.
Despite all of the above advice, if you are unfortunate enough to have a motorway traffic accident that isn’t your fault, remember to call Accident Advice Helpline for specialist help regarding your compensation claim. We will deal with your case in a friendly and confidential manner, please call the 24/7 freephone number for instant peace of mind.
Date Published: October 4, 2013
Author: David Brown