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This article was published on December 13th, 2022
Winter can be a particularly dangerous time to drive, with icy roads, heavy snowfall, and reduced visibility all contributing to increased danger. It is important to take extra precautions and remain vigilant while driving during the winter months. With that said, here are some tips from our catastrophic injury solicitors for staying safe on the road and avoid a winter car accident.
Temperatures are set to hit an all-time low in the UK over the next couple of weeks, meaning there is no better time to prepare your vehicle for winter weather. First and foremost, make sure your vehicle is in good condition. This includes having your oil and fluid levels checked, and replacing any worn parts. You should also have your tires checked and replaced, if necessary. Tires are the only thing connecting you to the road, so having the right ones is key to staying safe and avoiding a winter car accident.
In order to stay safe when driving in winter weather, you will need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. This means maintaining a safe following distance and watching out for other drivers who might be driving too quickly or not maintaining control of their vehicles. Be sure to also look out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, as they can be easily missed, particularly if visibility is limited.
You should drive at a speed that allows you to stop in the distance available to you. If you are driving on a road that is covered in ice or snow, you will need more time to come to a stop. Driving too quickly will make it harder for you to stop and will increase the risk of a winter car accident.
It is important to allow plenty of time for your journey, particularly in adverse weather conditions. When it is snowy, icy, or raining, roads can quickly become dangerous and allowing extra time for your journey will mean you will avoid rushing and in turn, reduce the chances of a winter car accident.
Having an emergency kit in your car will help you to stay safe and comfortable should you run into bad weather. Your kit should include items such as warm clothing, blankets, water, and food. You could also add a shovel, an ice scraper, and a spare tire to make sure you are as prepared as possible.
Unfortunately, even if you take every precaution, road traffic accidents can still happen. If you have been involved in a winter car accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help. Here at Thorneycroft Solicitors, we have a team of experienced road traffic accident solicitors that have dealt with a wide range of accident claims over the years.
There’s no risk of having to pay out if you lose your claim as we offer No Win, No Fee Agreements so that you can focus on what’s most important, your recovery. In addition to handling your car accident claim, we can also help you with a range the other aspects included with this type of accident including benefit claims, healthcare provisions and recovery of loss of earnings and insurance.
To speak to a member of our specialist team, call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1979 345, or complete our simple enquiry form and we can call you back at a time to suit you.