How to Avoid Winter Motoring Accidents
Driving in winter can often be tricky, and is sometimes downright dangerous. Depending on where you live you can reasonably be expected to have to deal with cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow, ice and fog. In addition, a lack of daylight means more and more motorists will have to drive at night, causing an increased risk of being involved in an accident.
Handy Tips for Driving in Winter
There is no sure fire way to avoid becoming involved in a motoring accident, however in winter you will need to take extra safety precautions. Here are some handy tips to remember whilst driving in winter:
- Keep your car in tip top shape. If your car is in good condition this will lessen the likelihood of your being involved in an accident. You would also do well to keep an emergency repair kit in your car, as well as essential items which will aid you in the event that you become trapped.
- Always check weather conditions and news reports before travelling. Avoid areas which have been issued severe weather warnings, and keep the radio tuned to your local station so as to keep up with any sudden changes to either weather or road conditions.
- When driving, leave a larger gap between your car and the one in front. Slippery road surfaces significantly reduce stopping times, and if you rear end another car you will be liable for any damages or injuries sustained by the other driver. In addition, take care when approaching intersections.
- Poor visibility is the cause of many winter driving accidents. If visibility is poor in your area, try to avoid driving if possible. If you must drive, take it slow and stay alert.
- Your winter insurance should cover your for accidents and injuries incurred because of snow, ice or poor visibility. In the event that you need to claim for an accident or injury it’s advisable to seek specialist accident or injury advice from an experienced team of solicitors.
- Drive defensively. Use caution when approaching blind corners or hill tops, reduce your speed and keep on the lookout for potential dangers which may be harder to spot – black ice is a prime example. The smoother and safer you drive, the less likely it is that you will be involved in an accident.
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