Car accident prevention - general driving tips for drivers
There are so many possible causes of car accidents from driver impairments and reckless driving to road conditions and mechanical failure and our panel of personal injury solicitors deal with car accident claims on a daily basis.
We have provided advice for learner drivers, new drivers and driving in adverse conditions but we haven't yet given general driving advice for all you everyday drivers out there. So it here it is; take heed and you have a good chance of minimising your risk of being involved in a car crash.
The first rule of road safety is maintaining good tyres. Driving a vehicle with either under inflated or over inflated tyres risks the possibility of a tyre blow-out which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Similarly, worn tyres cause many car accident fatalities every year. Your tyres are your only contact with the road and if they do not grip effectively then you risk sliding all over the road, especially when the road's surface is wet and gallons of water have to be cleared through your tyres.
Ideally, you should check the pressure of all four tyres and the spare every week. It is best to check them when they are cold because tyres expand when they are warm and it is hard to gauge their pressure accurately.
It may be tempting to get carried away when you are on the roads and try all sorts of risky manoeuvres but remember that by doing so you are putting yourself and others at risk of being involved in a car accident.
You should only ever pass other vehicles on the right-hand side unless:
- The vehicle in front is signalling to turn right and you can pass safely to the left without entering a bus lane.
- You are turning left in a lane designated to left turning traffic.
- You are in a queue of traffic that is moving faster than the queue to your right - but in this situation you should not change lanes just to overtake.
- You are driving in a one way street where vehicles are permitted to pass on either side.
Be aware that other drivers may pass to the left in front of you without much warning and be ready to give way in order to avoid a car crash occurring.
Mind the gap
Speeding and tailgating are some of the worst driving habits possessed by British motorists. It is vital to leave enough of a gap between you and the vehicle in front. You may be familiar with the two second rule but this is a minimum and the greater the gap you leave between you and the vehicle in front means you are less likely to cause a rear-end car accident.
You should also be aware that different circumstances can determine different margins of safety. For example, when it is wet or icy and your braking distance is decreased you should leave an even bigger gap between you and the car in front. Similarly, when you are following a large vehicle the bigger the gap between you and it, the easier you will find it to see in front of you.
Before they pass their driving test, many people curse drivers for their selfish ways. Just remember how you felt about motorists before you became a qualified driver. Road courtesy can help prevent road accidents that result in personal injuries to yourself and others so give way to anyone who is not giving way to you and remember to also give way to pedestrians.
Also remember that just because you do not own the vehicle that you are driving doesn't mean that you can get away with accountability or with driving recklessly. Even if you borrow or hire a car it is your responsibility to make sure that it is road worthy, taxed and insured. Otherwise you could end up having a car accident or finding yourself in trouble with the police.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, no matter how minor, you are legally obliged to stop. You should also report the accident to the police if any personal injuries were suffered and get the details of any witnesses to help with your case if you wish to make a compensation claim in the future.
How you can make a car accident claim today
Thousands sustain passenger injuries such as whiplash and head traumas every year in the UK and we are here to help those that have been harmed in non-fault car accidents to make injury claims.
The Claim Solicitors are some of the most adept personal injury specialists and can help you to claim compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses and more on a no win no fee basis.
We work on a no win, no fee basis, which means that you can make a claim safe in the knowledge that you donít have to pay any up front costs. Whatís more, you donít have to pay any legal fees in the event your claim is unsuccessful.
There are a number of ways that you can contact us today. Click here to request for one of our claim advisors to call you back as soon as possible, to gain free legal advice you can chat to one of our claim advisors online, you can fill out one of our online claim assessment forms or give us a call on 0800 197 32 32 to start the car accident claim process today.