Winter driving can pose a serious danger to travelers on UK roads. Evidence from the Highways Agency shows that drivers who prepare for difficult driving conditions can reduce their chances of a car accident in snow and ice.
Many car accident claims in the UK are related to speeding. In modern Britain, many cars have the potential to travel at well over the speed limit, with some sports cars capable of over 200mph. Many ‘sat navs’ have settings that warn motorists of upcoming speed cameras – allowing some drivers to ‘tactically speed’ with a reduced risk of fines.
Everybody knows that the roads can be a dangerous place. UK drivers are ‘more likely than not’ to be involved in a car accident over the course of their lifetime. Every week, people make car accident claims because of a personal injury caused in car crash. Many of these will be relatively minor, but for some motorists their car accident will be fatal.
At night time, driving conditions are at their most treacherous. Darkness alone increases accident risks. In combination with dangerous weather conditions, UK roads can turn into a car accident claim nightmare.
Lack of visibility and increased likelihood of fatigue make driving at night inherently more dangerous than driving during the day. Drivers should be aware of simple steps that can be taken to help minimise the risk of an accident.
Data from the late 1990s suggested that British roads were much safer than those in her continental neighbours. In 1998, only six Britons in every 100,000 died on the country’s highways, comparing favourably with other parts of western Europe.