Whether it is scorching sunshine outside right now or you are battling the erratic rain and showers we have already been experiencing this year, the summer can be a tough time for driving.
When the sun is shining and you are heading out for a fun and relaxing day over the weekend it can leave you without a care in the world. But, driving in the summer does come with its fair share of issues.
When it comes to safer driving here are some top tips to help you avoid a road traffic accident.
Road conditions change
When the weather in the UK gets really hot (we know, it is a rarity) it can make the roads melt. This can make it extremely dangerous for cars so be very careful to watch out for road damage due to hot weather. Make sure that your tyres are at a safe tread and that they are pumped up enough.
Equally, as the sun changes throughout the day it can cause a glare on your windscreen that can make it very hard to see. Low sun can make visibility very difficult. Always make sure that you have the right windscreen washer and that the fluid is topped up to the right levels. With dry dust on the road your windscreen can get dirty very quickly. Glare and a dirty windscreen do not go very well together and it can make driving extremely dangerous.
Watch out for hazards
The summer brings out lots of bikers and cyclists – fair weather road users. It is vital that you pay extra careful attention to ensure that you are driving safe and keeping other road users safe too.
Children play out in the longer evenings and summer holidays so make sure that you stick to the correct speed, especially in residential areas. Young children will go after that ball that has rolled out onto the road and often won’t think twice before crossing. Be on your guard at all times.
Drink driving kills
It’s the perfect time to enjoy a drink after work. A long day can be made much better by a beer or glass of wine and very soon you start to feel relaxed. But it is illegal to drink and drive and the summer time is no exception. If you have to drive home then make sure you stick to the legal limit. Or, if you have had too much to drink then make sure you find another form of transport to get you home safe. Your reactions are much slower after drinking and drink driving can have fatal and devastating consequences.
Car maintenance is essential
Make sure that your car is properly maintained. Check tyre pressure, oil levels and your MOT and ensure that your car is as safe as it can be. You also need to make sure that your car is insured – it is illegal to drive in the UK without an MOT, tax and insurance.
The summer weather may make you feel relaxed but driving during the summer means that there are more cars on the road, angrier drivers and many other hazards that can make driving difficult – road traffic accidents, sadly, do happen.
If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault then you can make a claim for compensation today. Girlings Solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis, so you won’t have high legal fees or have to incur any additional costs should your case not be successful.