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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

    Top 5 ways to stay safe on the road this winter

    The 2012/13 winter season saw the UK covered in snow right up until one week before British Summer Time was set to begin in March. With the Met Office forecasting another trembling winter season for 2013/14 the savviest drivers are getting set for what could be a particularly demanding driving season.

    Prevent a road traffic accident and stay safe on the go this winter, with just a few simple steps.

    1. Be prepared. Stock up your car with winter essentials. Make an emergency kit, or buy one from your local garage. Not only will this help you in the case of a road-related incident, it will ensure you are safe on the road if you get stuck. Include:
    • De-icing equipment
    • Torch
    • Change of clothes
    • Blanket
    • First Aid Kit
    • Sensible footwear such as wellies or snow boots
    • Portable phone charger
    • Disposable camera with flash
    • Car hammer
    • Tow rope
    • Tyre pressure gauge
    • Foot pump
    • Warning triangle

      2. Check your car before driving. Although you should always check that your car is safe for the road before heading out, it is of particular importance during the winter months to prevent injuries on the road. Check your lights, battery, windscreen (and wipers), fluid, fuel levels, and your brakes. Tyre tread is also crucial when driving in snow and ice.

      3. Be sure it’s safe to drive. Listen to the local news and radio before driving. This should inform you of any dangerous areas to avoid, and any closed roads. Keep the local radio station on in the car to inform you of any updates.

      4. Drive carefully. Snow and ice can cause vehicles to skid on the roads, which increases your breaking distance. Drive slowly to allow for this. Also, desist from breaking sharply, taking corners quickly, and driving closely to other vehicles. To minimise the risk of road-traffic accidents, keep windows and windscreens clear and use dipped headlights.

      5. Stay calm. Remember little facts such as those mentioned in point four and drive with confidence. Being unprepared can lead to panic and increase accidents on the road.

    If you are involved in a road traffic accident this winter and sustain an injury through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you pursue a claim.

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    Personal injury compensation is available to victims of road-related injury. To find out if you are eligible for compensation, with no pressure to pursue your case, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 now.

    All cases as processed on a no-win, no-fee* basis.

    Date Published: December 9, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims

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