Mummy has to take us everywhere in the car as we live in the countryside and there is very little public transport. The more time Mummy spends on the road, the more risk there is of an accident. We have some great tips to help if you should be unfortunate enough to have an accident, and how to make sure your car and passengers are as safe as can be.
Firstly, make sure everyone always, always wears a seat belt and that children have the right car seat for their age, height and weight.
Have your car serviced and check the tyres and brakes regularly. Places like ATS Euromaster can check free for you.
If you have any warning lights come on, or there are any new strange noises get them checked out straight away.
What to do if you have a car accident:
*You must stop, however minor you think a car accident is. Failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. You must report the accident to the police within 24 hours. If you don’t you could receive a fine, penalty points or even be disqualified.
*Switch off your car’s engine and switch on your hazard lights on to alert other road users
*Call 999 or 101. If anyone has been injured in the accident you should also call an ambulance if necessary immediately. Call 999 straightaway if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.
*The police should also be called if the car accident is blocking the road or if you suspect you’re a victim of a ‘crash for cash’ scam, where a driver deliberately causes an accident to make a fraudulent insurance claim. A dash cam can help you avoid falling victim to crash for cash scams.
*If you are involved in a car accident you’re obliged to give your name and address to anyone else involved.
*Avoid saying sorry or accepting blame for the accident until you know precisely what happened as it could go against you later on.
*If possible, you should collect names, addresses and contact details from any drivers, passengers and witnesses.
There are some other important details you should try to collect at the scene of the car accident:
*The registration numbers of all vehicles involved, and each vehicle’s colour, make and model.
*The time and date of the crash.
*A sketch showing the positions of the vehicles involved.
*A description of the weather conditions, and anything unusual you notice about the road quality or lighting.
*A list of the damage to vehicles and a description of any injuries sustained by pedestrians, drivers and passengers. You may find it useful to take photos of the car accident for use as evidence.
Hopefully you will never be involved in a car accident, but these tips are good to remember.