The weather plays a pivotal role in some of the car accident claims in St Andrews that Accident Advice Helpline help clients to launch. Whether it’s bright sunshine glaring directly into your eyes through the windscreen, or reflected in your rear view mirror; drizzle making the road surface slippery, torrential rain obscuring your vision, or snow, ice , or fog; the weather can create hazardous driving conditions.
Skidding and spinning
One of the most frightening experiences is when the vehicle you’re driving unexpectedly goes into a skid or spin. You lose control of your vehicle temporarily, and unless you know what to do to straighten up again quickly, you could end up crashing into another vehicle, the central reservation on a motorway/dual carriageway, or something at the side of the road.
Snow and ice
If your tyres are in good condition you should be able to drive safely in the wet. A good depth of tread helps to slough the water away and allows you to grip the road. Snow and ice are more tricky, and black ice is the worst of all. Snow and ice are usually visible, so if you drive carefully you can stay out of trouble 9 times out of 10. But black ice is invisible and the first thing you know about it is when you run over a patch and gone into a spin.
How to get out of a skid or spin
The natural reaction that most people have is to slam on the brakes. It’s the wrong thing to do. You go into a skid because you tyres lose grip or traction. If you lock your tyres up by stamping on the brakes that only makes the situation worse. The first thing to do is to pick out an object in front of you which is the direction you want to go. You then steer towards that object.
Front spins and back spins
The other thing to do depends on the type of skid or spin you are in. If the front of the car is slewing you need to brake gently. This transfers the weight of the car onto the front wheels and helps the tyres to gain traction. If it’s the back that slewing you need to accelerate. This transfers the cars weight onto the back wheels where you need the traction. If you’re skidding forward in a straight line, take your foot off the brake, (most people stamp on the brakes which just locks the wheels up), and apply it gently but increasingly forcefully.
The benefits of processing car accident claims in St Andrews via Accident Advice Helpline
Whatever the cause of people’s car accident claims in St Andrews, Accident Advice Helpline is a great solicitor to choose to work with. You can benefit from:
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