If you have had a road accident you are not alone. Thousands will be involved in a road traffic accident this year in the UK alone. If you have suffered injuries then you may want to make road accident fund claims and here at Accident Advice Helpline we can assist you to get the most out of your claim.
Some road accident fund claims stem from people who have little experience of driving and have managed to get themselves into some difficulty, usually in traffic that is a little busier than they are used to. We have compiled a few tips to help you if you are not used to driving in heavy traffic.
Tips for dealing with heavy traffic
- Slow down in heavy traffic. Don’t worry about how quickly you want to arrive, concentrate on arriving safely and avoid getting into an accident.
- In heavy traffic you will normally only need to use first and second gears. Use the clutch and if you are waiting, put the hand break on.
- Stay within the speed limit, and consider slowing down a bit to allow for those other impatient drivers who are not taking care. Drive your own route journey, nobody else’s. Never try to go fast in heavy traffic. You simply can’t get ahead and will only make yourself more anxious and the people you overtook, they’ll be right with you at the next set of traffic lights.
- Be patient! You definitely won’t get where you are going any faster by pushing anyone else. You only become more dangerous to yourself and others.
- Make sure to keep extra distance between you and the car in front. Allow for the car in front to do a sudden stop that you are not expecting, or for someone else to suddenly jump in front of you, without warning.
- Be especially alert for sudden or unexpected moves by others on the road. If you’re feeling the pressure, you should understand that others are too and that can make them very careless. If you know that every other driver is not even as smart as you, you will be calmer.
- If you are getting too nervous then pull over somewhere safe and take a break. Don’t sit in your car at the traffic lights getting angry or panicked. Getting angry will only cause more problems. Breathe calmly and reflect on good things. Sing a song.
- If you get worked up in heavy traffic then try and drive outside peak times.
- Try to get as much practice as possible in heavy traffic. Start in your local area, and stay away from the commuting times at first, then when you are more confident you could try to hit rush hour. Work up to bigger towns and cities.
- Always be prepared. If you are driving to somewhere new spend time looking at a good road map, and use the internet to get a good idea of what roads you will be taking, where the turn offs are, and so forth. Make sure your passengers are calm and helpful too so that they don’t add to your nerves.
Road Accident Fund Claims
If you want to pursue your road accident fund claims then please contact us free on 0800 180 4123 0800 180 4123 and we’ll put you in touch with a personal adviser who will discuss your case with you, fill in a road accident fund claims form, and answer any questions you might have.
We can offer you the best road accident fund claims advice and we look forward to hearing from you!
Date Published: 11th February 2013