For any commuter, winter is perhaps the most dangerous time of the year. Adverse weather conditions, traffic, and dark evenings make for a potentially potent cocktail of dangers for any traveller. At Accident Advice Helpline, in order to help reduce road traffic accidents, we have created this handy guide to ensure that you are prepared for winter weather.
Plan ahead for winter weather
Perhaps the most vital step in preparing yourself and your vehicle for winter weather is effective planning. Before embarking on any journey, always check the local traffic reports, many websites now offer real-time traffic updates so you can see exactly which routes are affected. Always have an alternative route planned as a contingency.
Before you depart, you should always check your vehicle to make sure it is in roadworthy condition, for adverse weather conditions and to avoid a car crash. Pay particular attention to the tyres, including tread depth and wear and tear. You should also consider perhaps buying a good set of winter tyres. Make sure the wiper motors are not frozen. Top up any screen washer fluid. Consider using a specially designed screen washer fluid with a lower freezing point, to reduce chances of your washer jets suddenly malfunctioning.
Be vigilant and patient
Always allow more time for your journey than you had planned, it is better to get to your destination late than never at all. Observe all speed limits and pay particular attention to any weather updates on the radio. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, braking distances can be increased as much as ten times on ice. Remember, no matter how careful you are on the roads this winter, you still have to contend with other drivers on the road who may not be as careful as you are. Remain vigilant on the roads and report any instances of unsafe driving to your local police station.
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision this winter, or indeed within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and staffed by friendly, professional advisers who are waiting to take your call.
With over 13 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury law, Accident Advice Helpline are experts in dealing with car crash claims.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown