Good vs bad driving practices and how to claim for a whiplash injury
Just passing your driving test doesn’t make you an automatically good driver. There are some bad driving practices that people develop over time, usually as they become more confident, and these can lead to dangerous driving and thus accidents. If you cause an accident due to bad driving practices then the accident will be considered to be your fault. If an accident is your fault then you must pay out on your own insurance, will lose your no claims bonus and may have to pay compensation to any driver you injure.
If you are using good driving practices and still get into an accident, then you may be able to claim for a whiplash injury in Bletchingdon or other injury through Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. You can call the helpline, and the team will talk you through your whiplash injury in Bletchingdon and the claims process, before passing you over to an in house injury lawyer who can help you through your claim. Your lawyer will help you to get the compensation you deserve for your whiplash injury in Bletchingdon and make sure that the process is as easy on you as possible – you shouldn’t even have to go to court.
Good driving practices
As a good driver, here are some of the things you will be doing every time you get behind the wheel.
- Obeying all road signs and traffic lights. You should be aware of what all the signs and signals on the road mean, and follow them to the letter.
- Always giving signals. If you want to make a turn or change lanes you must signal every time, even if there are no cars visible nearby.
- Wearing a seatbelt. It is the law in the UK that you must always wear a seatbelt in a moving vehicle. Put your seatbelt on before you start to move the vehicle.
- Be alert and observant. Never drive when you are tired or distracted. If you feel too tired to drive, take a break, and avoid using music or talking on the phone when driving.
- Behave considerately to all other vehicles and pedestrians.
Bad driving practices
If you are doing any of these things whilst on the road you may be responsible for an accident.
- Aggressive driving. This can lead to road rage or accidents caused by trying to make manoeuvres that are unnecessary. Be patient and calm on the road.
- Talking on the phone or to passengers. Obviously you can talk to your passengers, but having long and involved conversations can lead to accidents.
- Tailgating. Even if you feel that the car in front of you is moving too slowly, it is never ok to drive too closely in order to get the other driver to speed up.