According to the consumer magazine Which?, a total of 10,075 accidents were recorded on 16 January 2019.
What are the main causes of accidents on this date?
It probably comes as no surprise that the winter months are much more dangerous to drive in than the summer months. According to accident insurance claims, the most common accidents involve being hit from the rear, which would indicate skids and failures to brake in time.
Accident data from motoring organisations states that the majority of accidents involving young people tend to be due to not paying enough attention. The data reveals that one in ten 18- to 34-year-olds were doing their makeup behind the wheel or eating or drinking prior to the accident; for older drivers, a lack of concentration was cited as a common cause of accidents, with speeding being less of a concern. It would appear that men are also more likely to be involved in or cause an accident, with one in four accidents involving men being at fault and one in five involving women.
If you drive as part of your job, you must take extra precautions. Firstly, ensure that you have a clearly marked and safe vehicle. A good way to do this is with the use of vehicle chevrons on the back. The government website has more information about the Chapter 8 chevrons that can be used to mark your vehicle clearly.
What extra precautions should you take in the winter?
1. Make sure your windscreen fluid is topped up and you have de-icer available.
2. Make sure you can clearly see out of all the windows rather than just your windscreen before you set off.
3. Use your headlights more regularly, even during the day if visibility is poor.
4. Use a reputable company such as https://www.vehiclechevrons.com/ to mark your vehicle in a legally compliant and professional way.
4. This should go without saying, but don’t speed. Icy roads can prove fatal in the winter.
5. Make sure you have the means to contact someone in the event of a breakdown and that you have warm clothing, a reflective jacket and a warning triangle.
6. Don’t forget a flask of hot drink in case you find yourself out in the cold.