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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Running low on petrol? Don’t run the risk

    With the ever-increasing cost of petrol, and colder weather on the way, it is sometimes tempting to attempt to stretch out those last few gallons of fuel until the end of the week. In the case of a road traffic accident or should severe winter weather strike, trying to travel on petrol fumes just isn’t worth the risk.

    Where does the petrol go?

    That’s the question on everyone’s lips. It can seem like you only filled up yesterday, yet your tank has run right down to red.

    There are ways to maximise your fuel consumption – many of which coincide with good driving techniques. For example, avoiding aggressive driving will ensure that you minimise the risk of accidents on the road, while reducing the amount of fuel you use when driving.

    It is also advisable to drive within the speed limits in the correct gear, ensure your car is up to date with its MOT, keep tyres appropriately inflated and reduce the amount of short, unnecessary trips you make – all of which will help to reduce your fuel consumption.

    How winter weather affects fuel consumption

    There are a number of ways in which the colder weather can eat your petrol. Most simply, the snowy and icy conditions cause rolling resistance and may lead the driver to make unwise driving decisions such as heavy acceleration or hard breaking.

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    In addition, the cold weather can also mean that it takes longer for your car to start up and can cause your car to burn more fuel on short trips. Blocked heaters can help aid this issue.

    Injured on the road

    If you are the victim of a road traffic injury that wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can tell you whether you have a valid case for personal injury compensation.

    Providing that the accident occurred within the last three years and you are able to prove that you are not accountable for the injury you sustained, Accident Advice Helpline should be able to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to.

    Working on a no win, no fee basis, you can proceed with your claim safe in the knowledge that the process will not cost you a penny in solicitor fees unless your claim is successful.

    With 13 years’ experience and an extensive legal team of experts on hand, you can rest assured that your case is being managed by the best. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 6, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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