Arriving at a destination in a safe manner should be the number one priority for road users when travelling in motor vehicles. Unfortunately, a small minority of people driving on the roads in the United Kingdom place more importance on how quickly they arrive, rather than arriving safely. Many motor vehicle and car insurance claims occur due to such actions. In most cases, individuals driving at excessive speeds or in an unsafe manner may save themselves a few minutes. Is it really worth it? There are a number of aspects that contribute to road traffic accidents in the United Kingdom. By being aware of these aspects, individuals can ensure that they, together with their passengers and other road users, arrive at their destinations safely.
Driving when tired or hungry
Each year, many road accidents are the direct result of individuals driving whilst tired and falling asleep at the wheel or losing concentration. Equally, individuals that are hungry may decide to eat or drink whilst driving which severely reduces concentration levels. When feeling tired it is advisable to pull into a safe area that is designated for parking and take some time to relax, unwind and even have a sleep. When hungry, individuals should find a suitable place to stop and buy food or consume any food or drink already purchased. It is never acceptable to eat and drink whilst driving. Additionally, by stopping at a service station for example, it is possible to freshen up and have a walk which will improve concentration and alertness. This will severely reduce the risk of initiating a motor vehicle or car insurance claims
Safety features and appropriate motor vehicle and car insurance
This is basically common sense, but is sometimes overlooked which can contribute to both accidents and excessive injury to individuals. Wearing of seat belts in the United Kingdom is compulsory. They can reduce the risk of serious injury during an accident. Equally, brakes, tyres, lights and warning lights should be regularly checked to ensure their effectiveness. In addition to this every road user should possess valid insurance in case of an accident.
Seeking advice following an accident
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and specialise in personal injury claims, for example, if you need to make a vehicle or car insurance claim. The company provides a free, no-obligation service which can be accessed via its freephone helpline. Their website also offers the option of a 30-second test which quickly assesses the eligibility of a claim. The company is highly recommended by TV consumer champion, Esther Rantzen.
To discuss your claim with an expert adviser dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell