Tips for motorway driving to avoid a car accident
Driving on the motorway is often the very last milestone a new driver will pass before they feel truly confident on the road. Although the motorway may seem simple enough, as you are simply moving in a straight line and there are no turns or roundabouts, the speed at which you are travelling on a motorway can make it a nerve-wracking proposition.
It can also be tricky to move onto a motorway and get off it again, as you need to get to a high speed quickly and avoid hitting other cars as you make the turning. Here are some tips for motorway driving, to make it less scary for new and even experienced drivers.
- Make sure your vehicle is fit for motorway driving. Before you head out on a motorway journey, make sure that your vehicle has been recently checked over and serviced, and is in a good condition for motorway driving.
- Make sure that you are fit for motorway driving. Just as your car needs to be in a healthy condition, so too do you need to be able to handle the challenge. Make sure that you are awake and alert, that you are not ill, and that you can handle your car at very fast speeds.
- Avoid the motorway as a learner driver. Learner drivers are generally prohibited from driving on the motorways. Your instructor can teach you how to handle a motorway without having to go on one, and you can also practise on A-roads and dual carriageways.
- Signal and fit in. When you are trying to get onto the motorway, signal to let other drivers know that you are looking to get onto the motorway, and look for a gap so that you can fit in. This is your job, and not the job of other drivers on the road.
- Stay in the left-hand lane. The general rule is to stay in the left-hand lane unless you are overtaking. Stick to this and you should be able to avoid accidents.
When to make a claim for a Torbay car accident
You can only make a claim for compensation after a Torbay car accident if you can prove that the accident was not your fault. A police report will often do this, as will any other evidence you can get at the scene, such as witness statements.
If you have evidence to prove that you were not at fault for your accident, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to the team about making a claim. We will be able to help you to decide whether your claim is likely to be successful or not, as well as walk you through the claims process to make it easier on you.