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    Five car safety checks to avoid road traffic accidents


    Driving is a great way of getting from A to B easily and efficiently without having to rely on bus or train times. However, if you want to avoid road traffic accidents make sure you follow these five safety checks to help stay accident free.

    Regularly check your tyre pressure/wear

    A bald tyre can be dangerous to yourself and other drivers on the road, causing road traffic accidents. If you don’t have enough tread or enough air in your tyres this can seriously affect the handling and braking of the car and make the difference between crashing into a car and stopping in time. So, make sure you are regularly checking your tyres and getting them pumped up or replaced when needed.

    Get your brakes checked

    When was the last time you had your brakes checked? Have you heard a squeaking noise coming from them at all? This could be a sign the brake pads are worn, and worn pads could cause road traffic accidents.

    Check your lights

    At regular intervals you should allow time to check all your external lights are working, from your headlights and side lights to your hazards and fog lights. These lights do a great job of showing the other drivers what is going on if you use them. If they aren’t working they could mean road traffic accidents for you.

    Make sure you have full visibility to avoid road traffic accidents

    This one may seem obvious but make sure you have full visibility through your windows before setting off on a journey to avoid any road traffic accidents. Spend that extra minute or two clearing the screen of ice and wiping down the condensation from the inside. Those few minutes spent making sure you can see out could be the difference between you seeing that bike pulling out of that junction, or not.

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    Check your horn

    This tip is often missed off the safety check before you pull off but this is a vital safety tool in the car. Simply press your horn lightly every once in a while to make sure it still works. Your horn could help alert someone to your presence so they avoid you thus avoiding a road traffic accident. Horns, if used properly can prevent many accident claims.

    If you are unsure if you can make car crash claims then contact Accident Advice Helpline for friendly, helpful advice 24/7.

    Date Published: November 6, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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