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During winter months, the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident is increased for all road-users. However, many of these accidents are preventable. Staying safe on the roads in winter is crucial and can be followed through simple measures.
If you believe that you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, you can look into road traffic accident claims.
To ensure that you and your family remain safe during the winter weather, you must be prepared before heading off on the roads. This is especially crucial when it comes to driving. Taking steps such as checking the depth and pressure of tyres, double checking that all lights are working properly and creating an emergency kit can reduce the risk of something going wrong.
It is important to only drive if completely necessary during adverse weather conditions, however, if you do need to drive there are simple practices that should always be followed. These include reducing your speed at all times, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and sticking to main roads. During the recent snowy weather, we stopped all car journeys as it simply wasn’t worth the risk. Whilst the main roads were clear of snow, the weather was unpredictable and we didn’t want to be caught out.
Cyclists and pedestrians are at an increased risk of accidents as they are more likely to not be seen by other road users. Pedestrians must ensure that they are as visible as possible at all times, and can help to do this by wearing bright colours that will be easily seen. Remaining vigilant of any obstacles, wearing appropriate footwear and wearing warm clothes are also important.
During dark evenings, cyclists must also wear high-visibility clothing and ensure their bike is in a suitable condition. Also, ensure that the bike has appropriate lights and that these are working – sticking to well-lit routes and avoiding icy patches can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Remaining sensible during adverse winter weather is key to ensuring that you, and other road users, remain as safe as possible and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.