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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Road Safety Guide – Long-distance driving


    Every now and then you may have the need to drive for a much longer distance than you would normally. Long-distance driving makes it more likelythat  the driver will be involved in an accident, since there is an increased chance of them becoming tired and much less alert.

    If you know you are going to be undertaking some long-distance driving it is best to ensure you sleep well before you leave. Do everything you can to ensure this happens, including steering clear of alcohol (which you should do anyway if you are going to drive) and not eating a heavy meal the night before.

    When you are on the road, pull off regularly at a service station or other safe location to take regular breaks. It is recommended that a 15-minute break is ideal for every two hours you spend driving. Coffee or any other caffeinated drink is a good idea too, as is keeping the inside of your car fresh and aerated. Open the window and don’t let it get stuffy as this can make you tired.

    As you can see there are many things you can do to make sure you stay as alert as possible during a long drive. It is also good to plan the timing of your journey so you are not affected by driving at inopportune times.

    Has another driver been negligent in their driving and caused you to have an accident?

    Driver fatigue can be very serious. It has been the reason behind many thousands of accidents involving cars and pedestrians each year. If you are sleepy your reaction times are not as good. If someone else fell asleep or was driving tired and there was evidence this was the case, you can get professional legal advice about the possibility of claiming compensation as a consequence of your injuries.

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    The team at Accident Advice Helpline have set up a fast 30-second online test. You can take this to see whether there is a chance of compensation in your situation. To speak to someone simply call our 24/7 enquiry line – it’s completely free of charge and you’ll be able to discuss the facts of your case with a professional injury compensation lawyer. We could be able to help you fight for compensation by starting up a ‘no win, no fee’* case against the other party. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

    Date Published: August 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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