With the number of cars on the road today, it is inevitable that there will be collisions and accidents on the streets and motorways of Britain. Even experienced drivers who follow the Highway Code and can handle their vehicle will sometimes be put in a situation where a crash will occur. Sometimes incidents can happen in a split second, leaving no time to prevent the incident from occurring. It is important that a driver gives their full attention to the road ahead and the cars around them when driving. Losing concentration for a split second can sometimes be enough to cause an accident to occur.
The number of whiplash compensation claims that are being pursued is on the rise, which means there is more scope for people to receive the compensation they are due. These accidents can cause great pain, stress, discomfort and inconvenience on a person’s life, which means all drivers will do what they can to avoid being involved in a car crash or incident. There will be times when nothing can be done to prevent an accident from occurring but it is important to retain focus at all times on the road. This includes looking out for the behaviour of other drivers and if your driving skills can prevent a collision with another car, even though it is the other driver who is driving poorly, it should always be attempted.
Having awareness on the road is not just about looking out for other cars though, the condition of the road can have a huge impact on how a car handles. The changeable weather in the UK ensures it can be difficult to plan ahead and even a short drive can expose a driver to many different weather conditions. With some roads being in very poor condition, pot holes and cracks on the surface can make it even harder to control the vehicle. This means that driving at a slower speed in difficult driving conditions is essential to stay safe on the road.
A driver must also have an awareness of pedestrians as they can create hazards and obstacles at the last minute which a driver will want to avoid. When driving in a built-up area, it is important to know if the speed limit changes, with many residential areas imposing a 20 mph speed limit. This is to give the driver enough time to react to people walking or running out in front of them and to lessen the impact of any collision if one occurs. Even experienced drivers have to retain a sharp level of focus, even on roads they know very well because it just takes one person or incident to have a huge impact.