When the clocks go back in late October, it’s always a bit of a wrench. Suddenly, the sunset is an hour earlier, and when you drive home from work, you might be driving in the dark.
Driving in autumn and winter is definitely made more difficult by the darkness, but it’s not just that – there’s also rain, ice and snow to worry about. All these things can contribute to accidents, and when they happen, people get injured.
It could be you
If you get into a car accident, you might be the one who ends up with injuries. If the accident is the other driver’s fault, then you could be eligible to claim compensation through an accident solicitor in Wealden – and at Accident Advice Helpline, we can offer you the service you require on a no win no fee basis.
But people don’t just call us to make claims. We also receive enquiries from people who want to know about how to make sure they’re as safe as possible when they’re driving in winter.
Winter driving safety
While you can’t do much about the road surface and you certainly can’t control the weather, there are two factors that you can do something about: yourself and your vehicle.
Make sure you’re fit to drive your car. Don’t drink and drive, for a start – there is a legal blood alcohol limit, but it’s advisable to drink nothing but water, tea or coffee, or soft drinks if you’re planning to drive. Also, don’t drive if you’re tired or ill. Your reactions will not be as sharp as they usually are.
The car itself needs to be in full working order for winter. Before autumn gets a foothold, why not get your car serviced? There are also some checks you can perform regularly. If you do these, you’re lowering your risk of getting into an accident:
Lights – are all the bulbs working and are they all clean? Check that they work, and wipe away any dirt so that they’re as bright as possible.
Battery – is it fully charged? Get a charger if you do a lot of short trips.
Windows – can you see through them? Make sure they’re clean – and fill up the washer bottle.
Brakes – do they work? If they’re not as responsive as they were, get them replaced.
Tyres – these need to be at the legal minimum tread depth, but it’s better to have more tread than that in winter.
Contact an accident solicitor in Wealden
There’s always more you can do, of course, but that gives you some idea of the basics. Even if you do all that, you still might need the services of an accident solicitor in Wealden because you’ve been in an accident that was caused by another driver.
If so, call our 24/7 hotline to speak to an advisor, and you could begin your claim right away:
- Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- Dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
- Text “claim365” to 88010
We look forward to helping you with your claim.
Date Published: 1st November 2014
Author: David Brown