What are the commonest causes of car accidents in the UK?
- Trying to take or make a call on a mobile phone
- Following too close to the vehicle in front
- Failing to look properly
- Pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist failing to look properly
- Loss of control, often due to slippery conditions
- Careless or reckless
- Driving too fast for the conditions
- Failing to stop at a junction, or to give way to other traffic
- Why do drivers sometimes fail to see pedestrians?
- The greatest danger is at night, if the pedestrian is wearing dark clothes, drunk, fails to look properly or fails to use a pedestrian crossing properly. Particularly dangerous is when a vehicle is parked too close to a crossing.
What special conditions should a driver be aware of to avoid car accidents?
The obvious ones are: snow, ice, slippery surface and poor visibility from sleet, fog and heavy rain, there are less common conditions that can happen. For example, coming to the brow of a hill into direct sunlight temporarily blinds the driver. Vegetation, uncut hedgerows on corners, street furniture or other obstacles blocking a driver’s vision. At night, dazzling headlights can blind, as can spray from other vehicles and a dirty windscreen.
Are women drivers more accident prone than men?
Not necessarily. Men have more car accidents from reckless or careless driving and driving in a hurry, or driving whilst drunk, but women are more likely to have an accident whilst they are learning or still inexperienced.
What are the most expensive cars in the world to insure?
The most expensive cars for insurance include models by Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Range Rover and the Lamborghini Murcielago. Surprisingly, the Lamborghini is not the most expensive.
What’s the best way to avoid car accidents on the road?
Keep your vehicle in tip top condition. Check your tyres regularly and keep windscreen and windows clean.
Never drive when you are tired, sleepy, unwell, or after too much alcohol.
Have a regular eye test. It might surprise you that your vision may not be perfect at every distance.
Don’t use a mobile phone whilst driving, or try to eat or drink.
Always keep both hands on the wheel, except when changing gear.