Britain’s roads are getting busier and busier, and more motor accidents are happening each year as a result, so we have put together some useful advice to help you prevent a car accident.
Some points may seem obvious, but we believe it is better to be careful than become one of the thousands of injured UK motorists every year.
How to help prevent a car accident
When you are waiting at traffic lights, don’t speed off the very instant the light turns green. There might be a car trying to nip through as the lights go red for the previous turn.
Anticipate changes in traffic flow. If there are two lanes, one travelling slowly and the other quickly, people may well get impatient with the slow lane and pull out without warning into the faster lane. Car accidents frequently happen in traffic queues.
Be aware of blind spots – both your blind spot and those of other drivers. Actually turn to look before you change lanes, and remember that vans and lorries have larger blind spots, so try not to sit in them for long periods of time if you can help it.
Don’t put off doing safety maintenance on your car. Regularly check your brakes are working and your tyres are inflated to the right pressure.
Drive at a speed appropriate to the road conditions as well as the speed limit. The speed limit may be 60 on a country road, but on a rainy day the roads may be slippery and it isn’t safe to do top speed.
Make sure you have proper control of the steering wheel. Your hands should be at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock on the wheel so that you can have maximum control in the event of making an emergency manoeuvre.
Look both ways more than once when pulling out of a road junction. Incidents occuring when a vehicle is negotiating a road junction are very common as it is easy to miss a vehicle hidden behind your windscreen frame the first time you check.
Get an advanced driving qualification. The more you know about driving, the better you can control your car in a dangerous road situation. We recommend www.iam.org.uk and www.passplus.org.uk
Don’t try to do anything else except concentrate on the road whilst driving. Eating, drinking, texting and playing computer games are not safe. A dangerous situation on the road can happen in seconds, and if you are concentrating then you may avoid what otherwise could result in injury and an expensive car accident.
90% of motor accidents are caused by driver error. We believe that if you bear some of this advice in mind when you are on the roads, you can lessen the likelihood of being involved in a car accident.
*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident.
Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot