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Driving Through Floods.


Britain has experienced, if that’s the right word, the most rain in 248 years and it’s not showing any sign of stopping. This presents more and, for many, new challenges when driving on our soaked highways. Here’s some advice for dealing with any flooded roads drivers might find themselves encountering.

For starters and rather obviously, it is best to avoid flooded roads altogether. Basically, if a driver knows a road is at risk he shouldn’t go down it at all. Nevertheless, we must all prepare for the unexpected. Essentially, for most cars except massive 4×4’s, fifteen centimetres is about as much as the average car can manage.

The answer is to get out and check. The water will usually be most shallow on the crown of the road. If it is deep there then it will be deeper along the sides. Try to establish visual markers; the height of the water against traffic signs for example, or indeed, stranded vehicles. If in doubt, don’t.

When it comes to road speed through water then less is definitely more in safety terms. Enter the water at no more than four or five miles per hour. Tick-over in first gear may be faster than this so there’s a need to slip the clutch in order not to go too quickly. Keeping the engine revving prevents water sneakily entering via the exhaust pipe.

It is necessary to go this slowly because the car needs to push the water aside, creating a depression in front to prevent the engine sucking in water through its air intake. The faster you go the more the water is disturbed then a bow wave is created and there is more likelihood that the engine will flood. If there are other cars coming in the opposite direction then wait for a turn. Their actions could result in your engine becoming flooded.

Once through, gently apply the brakes to remove excess water from the pads. If the engine sounds odd then it might have swallowed some water. Driving a misfiring car could cause more damage. Stop immediately and seek help. Ideally of course, avoid driving altogether if your district is afflicted with floods; but if you must go out then try to remember these wise words.

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The Increased Risk Of Road Accidents In Winter


Road accidents can and do occur at all times of the year, but conditions can be particularly treacherous in winter. Snow and ice can make braking and cornering much more difficult, and this in turn leads to an increased risk of collisions.

Throughout the winter months, road traffic accident solicitors deal with many cases involving both vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers should be aware of the need to take extra care while driving in adverse weather, as snow in itself is not an excuse nor Defence for those involved in an accident.

Driving safely to avoid accidents on the road

The primary solution to this issue is for drivers to simply use caution. It is perfectly acceptable to lower your speed and avoid any sudden braking and acceleration if the roads are wet, icy or there has been snowfall. Indeed, under these circumstances it may be considered by some to be reckless to drive as you would in normal weather conditions.

Slowing down and fitting your vehicle with winter tyres also means you can brake more effectively if the need arises as the tyres will offer you better grip in winter conditions. Every driver knows that if you are driving at speed it takes longer to stop, and this is only magnified by an icy or wet road. Put the two together and it may be too late to stop yourself from causing an accident, which is something any victim’s road traffic accident solicitor is sure to record against you.

Is your journey really necessary?

This is the most common question of all when the weather causes the roads to be less than friendly. Simply put, if your journey can wait, or you can deal with your errand by phone or email, then that’s what you should do.

Earlier this year, another interesting study from Cardiff University and car insurance company Young Marmalade showed that illness could also be a common cause for an increased number of road accidents in winter.

Their findings showed that flu or cold-ridden drivers who get behind the wheel only retain 50% of their driving ability, with concentration and reaction times negatively affected. Researchers claimed that the effect of the illness on the driver was the equivalent of “four double whiskies”, and was therefore equivalent to driving drunk.

While the law may not necessarily take every report of this nature into account, it is true that road traffic accident solicitors representing victims will look for anything they can find to help show that their client was not to blame.

What to do if you are involved in a road accident

Whatever your involvement, you should contact a solicitor immediately. Most firms will have people specifically trained to deal with road traffic accident cases and their expertise will prove invaluable whether you are making a claim or defending against one.

A good road traffic accident solicitor will firstly ensure you receive the appropriate medical care you need, while other expenses such as missed work and vehicle repair costs can be factored into any claim too, so getting help from a qualified solicitor is vital to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Orbis Solicitors are based in Lancashire and have years of experience dealing with road traffic accident claims. They also specialise in employment law and all types of personal injury cases.

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