Many of the Kettering road traffic accidents that take place are as a result of unsafe lane changing on motorways, and dual carriageways. It’s something that would normally be classified under driver error, which causes over 65% of all road traffic accidents here in the UK.
Checking and positioning your car’s mirrors
Using the mirrors fitted on vehicles is all important, both rear view mirrors and wing mirrors, or overtaking mirrors. The first thing you should do when you get behind the wheel of any vehicle is to check the positioning of all of your mirrors. Don’t wait until you’ve driven off to do this, as so many people do.
Do it while your vehicle is still stationary. If you do it when you are driving, it means you’ve got to take your eyes off the road, which is dangerous. If something happens at that same precise instant, like the car in front suddenly braking, or a child running out from behind a parked vehicle – it could be a disaster.
Mirror, signal, manoeuvre
Most driving instructors preach the gospel of “mirror, signal, and manoeuvre”. It’s something that should stay with you for the whole of your driving life, and something that you should always do before making any sort of manoeuvre. It’s also the essence of safe lane changing on motorways.
Advice on safe overtaking on motorways
Some drivers seem to forget that the outside lanes are meant to be used only for overtaking. The inside lane should be used for cruising; not just for slower moving traffic. When you approach a slower vehicle, check your rear view mirror for traffic coming up fast behind you, and your offside overtaking mirror for fast moving traffic coming up in the lane you want to move into. If the lanes are clear, or nothing is approaching too fast, you can then signal, and move out.
Once the overtaking manoeuvre is complete and there is reasonable distance (at least 53m at 50 mph) between you and the vehicle you have overtaken, check in your near side wing mirror to make sure nothing is coming up inside you, and if all is clear, put your left indicator on and move back into the inside lane.
If you always follow these procedures and do not dawdle in the outside (overtaking) lanes, the motorway will be a safer place.
Using Accident Advice Helpline’s services to claim compensation for Kettering road traffic accidents
The majority of the Kettering road traffic accidents take place on the A14, stretches of which are dual carriageway where the same overtaking advice is good. Anyone who has been injured in an RTA that was not their fault can benefit from the injury claim services of Accident Advice Helpline which include:
- Use of our industry leading no-win, no-fee* process as recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Use of our 30-second, interactive calculator
- Our unrivalled customer support service
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline which can be accessed on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile