Personal Injury

Staying safe on the roads as lockdown is relaxed

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Shelley Schubert, May 27, 2020

As lockdown measures are slowly relaxed and more people return to work, more cars return to UK roads. This, combined with more people choosing active travel, creates new road safety issues for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Road accidents are a major cause of serious injuries and fatalities in the UK. Taking a few simple precautions before getting back behind the wheel, could help motorists who haven’t driven for a while, keep the roads as safe as possible for everyone.

Risk factors

There are a number of new risk factors associated with the relaxation of lockdown measures, that are likely to make driving and cycling more hazardous than before.

Most people returning to UK roads will be doing so in cars that have not been used for weeks. Potentially this means that many cars on the road may not be safe to drive legally, so it’s important to ensure that you’ve checked that your vehicle is safe to drive before getting back behind the wheel.

After weeks of not driving, many drivers may be out of practice and may now lack confidence. This could lead to many drivers feeling hesitant, particularly for the first few road trips.

And with the rise in popularity of active travel, more cyclists and pedestrians on the roads creates new unfamiliar traffic conditions. Many new cyclists will be inexperienced, having just started cycling or having rediscovered it during lockdown.

Similarly, more pedestrians on the roads creates additional risk too, particularly as some may step out into the road to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Sensible precautions

Taking some sensible precautions before getting back behind the wheel could help you and others to stay safe, as well as helping you to avoid committing any motoring offence.

  • Check your vehicle is safe to drive, including tyres, engine oil and brakes. Highways England has a helpful checklist. If you are unsure ask your local garage to check it for you, many are still open and are following social distancing rules.
  • Check that your vehicle tax and insurance haven’t lapsed in the time you have not been driving.
  • Make some short local trips to familiarise yourself with your vehicle again and help build your confidence back up.
  • Give yourself extra time when making longer journeys to ensure you are not feeling rushed.

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, in a car accident or a cycling accident, we could help you claim personal injury compensation. Just give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online to find out how we can help.

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