A new winter campaign is being rolled out nationally this winter to alert drivers and other road users to be extra careful when going on their daily journeys. Winter road safety is vital if we are to reduce the number of people involved in accidents each year, many of which are due to wet or icy road conditions.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has launched its campaign under the name Wheels in Winter. It is hoping to reduce the 57,260 cars throughout England and Wales that succumbed to accidents at this time last year. Furthermore, another 5,000 or more accidents occurred involving motorcyclists during the same period of time.
The Institute is hoping to use a variety of methods to engage with drivers and road users to alert them to the many dangers that are present during the winter. Bad weather conditions bringing rain, wind, ice and snow can all contribute to more dangerous conditions on the roads. However, better driving habits and more alert drivers and riders can help reduce the figures. It is hoped that the campaign will help reduce the number of accidents that will take place during winter 2014 as compared to last year.
How much more dangerous can the roads be in winter?
With falling temperatures and the increased likelihood of icy conditions and perhaps even snow, it makes sense to be more aware of winter road safety measures. It is easy to become complacent but this is exactly what can lead to the increased danger of accidents. All road users must allow more time to stop and more space between them and the car in front. If this is not done the outcome could be quite serious, with accidents potentially more likely to occur during the winter months.
Could Accident Advice Helpline help you determine whether you can win compensation?
If you have been unfortunate enough to have an accident in the winter months that you believe could have been someone else’s fault, it may be worth getting in touch with AAH. As long as you contact us within three years of the date of the accident, we can assess any potential claim you may have. Call the 24/7 enquiry line today – it’s absolutely free – and let’s see whether a no win, no fee* claim could be on the cards. Could you benefit from our 14 years’ experience in this field?