Avoiding Motorway Accidents in Northern Ireland
Motorways offer a quick and easy way to get from point A to point B. They are a vital part of our infrastructure, making up the veins and arteries of any nation.
While there is no denying that motorways are convenient, they can also be a dangerous place that may lead to serious accidents. In order to ensure that you have a safe journey to your destination, we’ve put together a list of helpful tips that you may find useful whenever you head out on the road.
Plan your journey
Benjamin Franklin once said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Planning your journey will have a significant role in reducing anxiety and improve your overall safety. It’s incredibly easy to check the weather and road conditions on your mobile phone the day before your journey. It’s also always worth quickly inspecting your engine as well as your spare tyre to double-check everything is in order.
Carefully pull into traffic
When you’re preparing to join a motorway, always remember to give priority to traffic already on the motorway. It is important that you carefully merge, matching the speed to fit the flow of traffic. The Highway Code advises that you should remain in the left lane long enough to adjust your speed before considering overtaking.
Check your mirrors regularly
Always be mindful of your surroundings when you’re driving. The best way to do this is to keep an eye on your mirrors to ensure that you’re aware of all surrounding vehicles. Make sure to check your mirrors anytime you signal and change lanes. Don’t forget that mirrors do have blind spots, so it is best that you look over your shoulder and double check before making any decision.
Keep an eye on your speed
Speed plays a central role in many motorway accidents. Always be mindful of your speed and any changes to the speed limit on the road. Please remember that the speed limits are supposed to be the absolute maximum on that road. Nidirect advises that you should reduce your speed to take account of visibility, weather conditions, as well as other road users. It is better to arrive a bit late than risk getting into a car accident by going too quickly.
Limit Your Distractions
It is vital that you keep distractions to a minimum when you’re travelling on the motorway. Never multitask if you’re behind the wheel, your job is the drive. Avoid trying to eat, adjust music, or argue with your passengers whenever you are on the road. If you need to groom yourself or complete a complex task, it is always best to pull over to the side of the road and do it safely.
If you were involved in an accident on the motorway, our expert personal injury solicitors can help you pursue a claim. Contact us online or call us on 0800 020 9311