02/11/2012
Top Tips For Staying Safe On The Roads As Winter Is Here
Statistically, accidents are more likely to happen in Winter, which is why it’s vital to be extra cautious. Driving at night on roads you’re not familiar with is a big cause of accidents and the risk of a fatal accident is three-times higher when driving in the dark. And government figures highlight that kids are more vulnerable to accidents after 3pm in the autumn and winter months.

It is now dark in the mornings when we set off to work or school and dark when we return.

Statistically, accidents are more likely to happen at this time of year, which is why it’s vital to be extra cautious. Driving at night on roads you’re not familiar with is a big cause of accidents and the risk of a fatal accident is three-times higher when driving in the dark. And government figures highlight that kids are more vulnerable to accidents after 3pm in the autumn and winter months.

So whether you walk, cycle or drive to work and your children walk or cycle to school, personal injury specialists Bentley Solicitors have some top tips for staying safe:

•    Make sure your children have the necessary safety gear with them when they go to school. This includes a helmet, high visibility jacket and lights fitted to their bike if they are cycling and reflective clothing if they are walking.
•    Before setting off on your bicycle, make sure the lights at the front and back work. Check the lights’ batteries regularly, especially before longer journeys.
•    Wear a helmet and high visibility clothing when cycling in the dark.
•    Check your car and make sure it’s ready for winter. This includes checking that the headlights, indicators and windscreen wipers are working, and that there is antifreeze in the wash. As the roads can also become hazardous from freezing temperatures in the winter, it’s a good idea to keep de-icer in the car and to take a hot drink and warm clothing with you when driving at night in case of a delay or accident.

If you’ve been the victim of an injury or accident that wasn’t your fault, contact the personal injury experts Bentley Solicitors. We can give you free advice on making a claim for compensation, so please call today on 0800 998 1990
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