Avoiding a road traffic injury claim is much harder in the winter than in the summer. A leading law firm like Accident Advice Helpline find that they get many more calls regarding road traffic claims in the winter than they do in the summer.
This is because the weather conditions make road traffic collisions much more likely to occur and collisions are more likely in the dark.
There are some straightforward precautions that you can take to try and avoid being involved in road traffic injury claims in Hickstead. Here are the essential Dos and Don’ts for avoiding road traffic injury claims this winter.
Essential Dos and Don’ts for avoiding road traffic injury claims in Hickstead
Do make sure that you have 100% visibility through all of your windows before you set off on your journey. This can take some time to achieve. If you defrost the windscreen with tepid water then it can freeze over again as you drive off and you will not be able to see where you are going. It is always worth spending an extra few minutes to make sure that the whole car is properly defrosted.
Don’t set off on your journey with snow on your roof. As the snow begins to melt (caused by the heat from the car) it could slide down and block your windscreen. This could be extremely dangerous if you are travelling at speed at the time. Your windscreen wipers may not be powerful enough or fast enough to clear it out of the way.
Do make sure that all of the car lights are working properly and that the lenses are clean. This will ensure that you can see where you are going and that you will be seen by other road users. Make sure that you turn your lights on as soon as the visibility is reduced. This may not just be at night time. You may need lights if it is foggy, raining hard or snowing.
Don’t leave it until the last minute to replace your tyres. You will need good tyres to help you grip the road in wet, snowy and frosty weather conditions. If your tyres are very worn you will not be able to stop quickly, especially when the road is slippery. You should check tyres regularly for signs of wear and seek some expert advice if you are not sure if they need to be replaced.
Do plan your route and keep listening to the weather forecast and road traffic bulletins. If your journey is not essential and the road conditions are bad it may be better to delay your journey to another day. If you do set off you should try to use the roads that have been gritted and cleared of snow. You should always tell someone that you are setting off and take a mobile phone with you.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.