Whether you drive regularly on busy motorways or take the car out at the weekends for your grocery shopping, you should try to drive as safely as you can, as you’re much less likely to be involved in a road accident. ‘Road rage’ or getting frustrated and angry when driving is a common occurrence which often causes people to take risks they wouldn’t normally take – such as pulling out into busy traffic or driving faster than they should. It’s important to be aware of any bad habits you develop whilst driving and try to be as aware as possible of your surroundings, so that you can spot hazards before they cause an accident.
How to drive safely
The following tips will help you to drive more safely:
- Make sure you’re aware of the speed limit and stick to it – if in doubt stick to 30mph until you see a speed limit sign. Remember, you don’t have to drive at the maximum speed limit.
- Drive carefully in adverse weather conditions. In rainy or icy weather, leave more space between your car and the vehicle in front, and in snowy weather keep your vehicle in a low gear and accelerate gently.
- Avoid distractions when driving – don’t use your mobile phone, eat or drink, apply make-up or change tracks on your MP3 player.
- Always check your mirrors when pulling out or changing lanes.
- Be patient with other drivers, particularly if they are a learner driver, or if traffic is busy. Rushing because you’re late or getting angry in traffic jams can cause accidents.
Even the safest drivers are sometimes involved in road accidents, but by driving as safely as possible, there is less chance that you will be to blame, should an accident occur.
Claiming compensation for road accidents
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that accidents do happen, and we’re here to help 24/7, whether you need some advice relating to an existing claim, have questions about the claims process or want to start the ball rolling on your claim for personal injury compensation.
If you’ve suffered whiplash or a more serious injury in a car crash, you may be losing money due to time off work, and we’ll take this into consideration when processing your claim. We are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and are proud that Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion is our sponsor, so you know that you’re in good hands.
Call us today on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – and see how we can help you.