It has been well publicised across British media that the 2013/14 winter season is to be one of the worst we have seen in years. With heavy snow and thick ice expected, we will no doubt see a spike in road accidents across the country.
There are simple precautions you can take to minimise the risk of you experiencing a road traffic accident. While you may still be unsure of driving in the snow and ice, following a few simple steps can give you peace of mind and the confidence you need to tackle the adverse weather.
Road incident emergency kits for adverse weather conditions
It is advisable that drivers equip their vehicle with an emergency kit year round, but particularly so in the winter months when the number of hazards due to adverse weather increase.
It is recommended that your emergency kit includes items such as de-icing equipment, a change of clothes and blankets, a first aid kit, wellies or snow boots, a camera, in-car phone charger or back-up battery pack, a car hammer, a tyre pressure gauge and foot pump, and a warning triangle.
In 2011, the British Red Cross also added a number of recommended items in reflection of the extreme snow and ice the country has experienced in recent years, which could be life-saving in the event of a road traffic accident.
- A list of emergency contact numbers
- Battery-operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch)
- Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
- Three days’ supply of bottled water and ready-to-eat foods that keep
- Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates
- Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
Other ways to stay safe
Road conditions are always well publicised on the local news and radio stations. Before you head out on your journey, be absolutely sure that your trip is necessary. Stick to main roads, and plan your route before you set off.
When you are on the road, avoid collisions and other road-related accidents by driving carefully. Do not make sharp breaks and remember that ice increases your breaking distance.
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
If you are involved in a road traffic accident this winter that wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to.
As a law firm, Accident Advice Helpline works on a no win, no fee basis to manage your claim. With an extensive legal team, if your accident occurred in the last three years Accident Advice Helpline will be able to advise if you have a claim worth pursuing.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 6, 2014
Author: David Brown