Cars are wonderful things, and without them many of us would be unable to carry out simple everyday tasks, let alone go and explore new places and have adventures. Yet with every car comes a certain level of danger.
Even with the necessary training, not everyone is a safe driver and, unfortunately, you could easily end up in an East Northamptonshire car accident. If you are involved in a car accident – as a driver or a passenger – that wasn’t your fault, don’t forget that it may be possible to make a compensation claim.
Tips to help prevent an East Northamptonshire car accident
Although it is never possible to predict how other drivers on the road are going to behave, it is important that you play your part to ensure that accidents are prevented as much as possible. Driving in the rain can cause accidents because, although the roads may not seem that much different to normal, rain makes them much more dangerous.
When driving in the rain, you should always put your headlights on, but using a dipped beam. If possible, before you start your journey in the rain make sure that all of your lights are working, as you want other drivers to be able to see you clearly. Don’t use your fog lights in the rain as this will dazzle other drivers and could cause an accident, even though you were trying to be safe.
Stopping distances – the time it takes between putting on your brakes and the car actually stopping – increase in the rain because the road is slicker and tyres have less grip. Therefore, a different driving style is needed in the rain; you will need to drive at a slower speed and brake earlier. Don’t make any sudden moves if you can help it, as this will unbalance the car. Be aware that larger vehicles will send out more spray as they are passing you, and this could limit your visibility.
If you aquaplane (skid along the surface of the water rather than the road) it can be a scary experience. To counteract this, slowly remove your foot from the accelerator and keep your wheel pointing in the direction you are travelling in. Once you have slowed down, your wheels should be back into contact with the road.
Finally, you will hear on the weather reports that you should only drive if you have to. That’s true. If your journey can be put off until the rain has stopped, wait.
Accident Advice Helpline
With over 15 years’ experience, Accident Advice Helpline are experts when it comes to claiming for any East Northamptonshire car accident you may experience, or any accident anywhere for that matter. Contact us today on our freephone numbers, 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0990 from your mobile phone for more information.
Date Published: 1st June 2014
Author: David Brown