Once the capital city of Scotland, Stirling is located on the east coast of Scotland near the boundary between the Highlands and the Lowlands. Stirling itself has been described as having a relatively mild micro-climate due to its coastal location and the influence of the Gulf Stream. However, the surrounding areas do suffer significant snowfall in the winter and so people driving into and out of Stirling in the winter have to drive through fairly harsh, snowy conditions.
Some journeys in the snow result in accidents. If you have been involved in a snow-related accident that was not your own fault, call the injury claims solicitors in Stirling to make a claim. The simplest way to contact the injury claims solicitors in Sterling is to call the law firm Accident Advice Helpline, available 24/7. Of course, avoiding snow-related accidents all together is always the best options but this is not always possible.
Injury claims solicitors in Stirling – 5 top tips for driving in the snow
- Do not drive unless you have to. If the journey can be avoided or delayed it would be best to do this. Check the weather forecast before you set off. Also listen to the local traffic news to find out where the worst conditions are going to be and which roads are blocked or impassable.
- Take time to thoroughly clean all the snow off your vehicle before you set off. It is especially important that you can see through all of the windows and into all of your mirrors.
- Driving in snow is all about selecting the correct speed. If you drive too fast it is obviously dangerous as you could lose control of the vehicle. If you drive too slowly, you are more likely to lose momentum and end up getting stuck.
- To get moving from a stationary position you need to start off gently. High revs will not help at all. You may find it easier to move off in second gear than in first gear.
- Keep at least double the normal safe distance between you and the vehicle in front. Remember that you cannot just brake as normal if they stop. It is much more likely that your brakes will not stop you at all and that you will drive into the back of them.
- It is best to think ahead and keep going forward slowly if it is possible. Remember that if you stop, it could be tricky to get going again. Be cautious and drive safely and of course if your journey is unnecessary or can be put off, stay at home.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown