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5 Tips for Avoiding Road Rage This Christmas

Author: Strategy Digital
Date: December 17, 2015

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The Christmas season is a fraught time of year for road users. Winter driving can be dangerous enough, with short days that leave most of us hurrying to get home in the dark, and weather conditions that can make roads unsafe, Throw frantic trips to buy last-minute presents and cross-country journeys to visit family members into the mix, and it’s no wonder drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a car crash on December 17th than on an average day.

Road rage is a major cause of traffic accidents, and is something that most drivers experience at one point or another. And, when you’re pushed for time and have 101 things that need doing yesterday, you’re a lot more likely to see red sooner.
That’s why, to help you stay safe this yuletide season, we’ve compiled five tips for avoiding road rage over the Christmas period.

1. Be Prepared

Prevention is the best cure, so reduce your vulnerability to road rage by getting as much done as possible before the festive rush begins in earnest.
By getting your Christmas shopping and errands out of the way well in advance of the big day itself – and stocking up on spare food, presents, cards and stamps – you’re reducing the chances of having to make any last-minute dashes.

2. Avoid the Christmas Crowds

Of course, getting everything out the way ahead of time is easier said than done. Still, if you suspect that congestion and competition for parking spaces might trigger your road rage, there are plenty of alternatives to driving to the shops that are open to even the last-minute Christmas shopper.
For example, you could do your Christmas shopping online – most supermarkets and shops offer speedy delivery right up until Christmas Eve itself. Or, if you’d rather do your Christmas shopping in person, consider using public transport rather than braving the roads in your own vehicle. Alternatively, take a day off so you can get your Christmas shopping done on a weekday and avoid the weekend crush.

3. Allow Extra Time for Journeys

Even with Christmas shopping out of the way, the fact is that sooner or later you’re going to have to face the Christmas traffic. With so many people on the road doing their shopping and visiting relatives, congestion is to be expected. And icy weather conditions can slow traffic down even further.
By checking traffic and weather reports in advance and leaving with time to spare, you can cut your stress levels and so reduce your chances of succumbing to road rage.

4. Avoid Angry Drivers

One of the most effective strategies for avoiding road rage is to not anger other drivers. By driving carefully and considerately, you’re unlikely to invoke another driver’s wrath, and so can continue on your journey without incident.
If you do become the subject of another driver’s aggression, avoid conflict at all costs. Don’t rise to the bait; just give way and let them put some distance between the two of you. You’ll not only be looking after yourself, but potentially defusing the other driver’s anger and so making the roads safer for everyone.

5. Keep Calm and Carry On

There are tell-tale signs that the red mist is about to descend, such as beginning to mentally or verbally criticise other drivers, ignoring traffic rules and engaging is risky, aggressive driving behaviours.
By recognising these symptoms early on, you can take steps to calm yourself down and stop the situation escalating. Take deep breaths and try to distract yourself – perhaps by listening to calming music or your favourite radio channel. If you’re getting really het up, pull over and wait to calm down. It’s better to lose a few minutes of travel time than risk causing an accident.

It’s cheesy, but it’s true: at the end of the day, Christmas is about spending time with friends and family, and your safety is far more important than being on time for Aunty Flo’s dinner or the office Christmas party. We hope that, by following these five simple tips, you’ll be able to avoid road rage and stay safe on the roads this Christmas.

Car Essentials: 22 Things You Should Always Keep in Your Car

Author: aahaccount
Date: November 12, 2015

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Chances are, if you’ve been driving for more than a few years, you’ve experienced a breakdown, a flat tyre or getting hopelessly lost in an unfamiliar place. When in these situations, how many times have you thought to yourself: If only I had a jumper cable? A map of the area? Or something to clear the windshield with?

Although it’s possible to over-prepare, and clutter your car with unnecessary items, there are a few essentials, which no driver should be without.

In the event of mechanical failure:

1. Car owner’s manual

An essential item for any repairs you’ll be carrying out. Though not much use without a…

2. Torch

It’s perfectly possible you’ll be trying to read instructions, carry out repairs and look for tools in the dark, so this is a must-have.

3. Tyre pressure gauge

Checking tyre pressure regularly is good practice, and can even save lives down the line.

4. Compressed air and tyre sealant

If you’ve got a flat tyre, having these two items on-hand might be just enough to get you to the nearest garage.

5. Spare tyre

Along with a Jack and a Tyre Iron – without these items, the spare tyre itself is useless.

6. Duct tape

Surprisingly, a lot of short-term fixes can be accomplished with a roll of duct tape.

7. WD-40

Or some kind of mechanical lubricant, though WD-40 is probably the best.

8. Coolant fluid

Or anti-freeze, be sure to get the right type for your vehicle.

9. Spare petrol can

Although don’t fill this up yourself in preparation, as petrol can go off quite quickly. Where a petrol can comes in handy is in getting fuel back from nearby garages when your car won’t make the trip.

10. Gloves

A lot of engine work can be dirty, so it’s best to pack a pair of gloves.

In the event of poor weather, reduced visibility or getting lost:

11. Ice scraper or de-icing spray

The spray is best when applied the evening before a journey, so a scraper might be a safer bet if you’re caught out in the cold.

12. Windshield wiper fluid

Running out of wiper fluid on a long drive can cause serious visibility issues.

13. Traction helper

Some cat litter will do, but there are a lot of solutions out there – what you want is something for your tyres to grip.

14. Phone and an adapted charger

If you have a car with a cigarette lighter, you can buy an adapted charger to fit this port, if you have a USB port, a normal charger will do.

15. A-Z

It’s good not to rely totally on technology, a regular map won’t run flat or go out of signal.

16. Pen and paper

If a map’s no help, it’s still worth sketching out where you’ve already been, and this can help you avoid going in circles.

In the event of a breakdown:

17. Blankets

Thicker is better, you can take off what you have, but you can’t put on what you haven’t, so always prepare for the chilliest conditions.

18. Warm, waterproof clothing

You might need to venture outside.

19. Reflective warning triangles

Space these around your vehicle, they’ll keep you visible and prevent collisions.

20. Tow strap

If someone stops to help out, having a strong, reliable tow strap can make all the difference.

21. Jumper cables

The same is true here – learning how to jump-start a car properly is also a must.

22. Breakdown cover

Any repair service will do, if all else fails, this will be your final safeguard.

 

Being prepared for every eventuality is the best way to avoid potentially dangerous situations – a little forethought and a well-stocked vehicle can make all the difference.

Winter Driving Tips: Our Road Safety Guide

Author: aahaccount
Date: October 5, 2015
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Winter road with hazardous driving conditions

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Traditionally, the winter period is full of Christmas cheer, turkey dinners, gift-giving and snowfall. But as much as winter can be beautiful, weather conditions such as ice, fog, strong winds and rain can often cause issues for drivers travelling during this time.

Poor weather can make a simple journey difficult, and the last thing you want is for the festive season to be ruined by a car accident. By taking a few simple steps, you can make sure that you stay as safe as possible this winter.

 

  1. Be Prepared
  2. The best thing you can do in winter is to be prepared. This includes having your vehicle serviced before any extreme weather hits the roads, so that you can be sure your car is in perfect working order. If you know that your vehicle has a niggling issue, best to get it repaired before the snowy season hits. You can also prepare yourself by packing warm clothing and an emergency kit (see number 7).

  3. Battery Life
  4. Car batteries are generally reliable, but accidentally leaving your lights on overnight will drain it completely. Be aware of the electrical systems in your vehicle, and make sure everything is off before you leave the car. Also, try to avoid running the heater, fans and rear window heater longer than necessary, as this will drain the battery faster. If your engine doesn’t start quickly, try starting it in five second bursts, leaving thirty seconds in between attempts for your battery to recover.

  5. Antifreeze
  6. Antifreeze protects your engine and makes sure coolant can circulate, ensuring your vehicle doesn’t overheat. As much as most new cars will have a lifetime of antifreeze in the cooling system, you will find that some types may need to be changed after two years, so it’s always best to check with a mechanic or your car dealer before winter.

  7. Vision
  8. Extreme weather conditions can often obscure your view of the road, whether it is thick snowfall or dense fog. It is always best to keep your windscreen as clear as possible by regularly cleaning or ensuring your washer fluid is topped up with a suitable additive to stop freezing. Also, remember to put your wipers in the park position, so they don’t stick to the windscreen overnight.

  9. Lights
  10. The best thing you can do is make sure that your bulbs are all working and your lenses are clean. This will help your visibility of the road and make you more visible to other road users, especially in poor weather conditions.

  11. Tyres
  12. Your tyres should be between 2-3mm thick to retain a consistent grip on the road. Any less and you risk your car skidding. Especially in icy conditions, you need to ensure your tyres remain at an adequate pressure. If you aren’t sure, check with a mechanic in advance of cold weather.

  13. Emergency Kit

Depending on the length of your journey, or whether you may be taking country roads, it is always best to pack vital equipment in case you breakdown or have an accident. The most important piece of equipment is, of course, a mobile phone that is fully charged. Since battery life can suffer on long journeys it may be an idea to pack a phone charger as well. Other items that might be useful include:

  • A torch
  • De-icer
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • Warm clothes and Wellington boots
  • First aid kit
  • A shovel
  • Tow rope
  • Emergency rations (hot drink in a flask and energy bars to keep you going)
  1. Plan Your Journey
  2. Before you even set out, you need to have a good idea of your route, especially if it is one that you have never taken before. Satellite navigation is now standard on smartphones and is often installed in cars, but at the very least have a map in the car, so you can figure out the safest route to take.

    Listen to local travel bulletins or local weather to find out if your journey may be effected, and plan an alternative one to take. Stick to main roads as much as possible, even if they may take longer in some circumstances, since they are more likely to have been gritted.

  3. Driving Tips
  4. When you are out on the open road, there are a few things you need to consider when driving, to reduce your chances of having an accident. The first is to reduce your speed in all circumstances, as stopping distances will be increased from ice or poor visibility. Avoid braking sharply and use lower gears so your wheels don’t lock. Also increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front to accommodate a longer distance for braking.

  5. If In Doubt – Don’t Travel

If conditions are extremely poor, to the point where it would be dangerous to set out, consider whether you really need to travel. As much as it may be important, if the conditions are dangerous, it is always best to wait and let the weather improve.

 

With these ten tips, you can minimise your chances of having an accident. Winter driving conditions catch drivers out every year – stay safe this year and ensure both you and your vehicle are ready the winter.

What Causes the Most Car Crashes?

Author: aahaccount
Date: December 25, 2014

The most car accidents and road traffic accidents happened due to some causes which may vary according to the situation of the country and the behaviour of its drivers including the advancement of science and technology.

As we go over the pages of history, we would learn that the world’s first automobile accident transpired in London, United Kingdom (UK) in 1896 that resulted to the world’s first automobile-related fatality, it prompted the people or the authorities concerned during that time to make a promise not to allow the same accident to happen again.

The promise has long since been broken because from that time on, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recorded numerous fatalities in car accidents and car crash injuries totaling more than 26 million worldwide.

 

Causes of Car Accidents.

Driver Behaviour

Driver behaviour comprises 95 per cent of all the road accidents. This is broken down to some other causes that streamlined from this percentage – drowsiness, fatigue, drunkenness, speedy and aggressive driving. The remaining five per cent was blamed to the conditions of the road, mechanical defects, distraction and bad weather.

Cell Phone

Majority of those crashes which is 1.4 million annually have been caused by cell phone conversations. Two hundred thousand of which were blamed on text messaging.  Study shows there are around eight hundred thousand people across the globe that made calls, text or used hand-held phones whilst driving.  Fifty per cent of drivers aged 17 to 24 years text while driving, thus increasing more of their risk of accidents than any other age group in the society.

Cell phone use is actually an increasing cause of road accidents. In fact, it causes serious distraction as more than 85 percent of every 100 million cell phone users on Earth talk regularly on their phone whilst driving. A study has found that the risk of road accident quadruples whilst the driver is talking on a cell phone whilst driving.

Drowsiness

Drivers who are already drowsy but still driving, account for about one hundred thousand accidents yearly in some first world countries. The risk increased from 11:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M., the usual time when most people are sleeping.

Alcohol

There were also tens of thousands of people killed in alcohol-related crashes, in just one week worldwide averaging one death almost every half-hour. Thirty per cent of all fatal crashes weekly were blamed on drunk driving but the percentage rose to fifty three per cent during the weekend.

Amidst the advancements in vehicle safety technology in the world today, the number of people killed in automobile accidents continues to increase. There are close to 1.2 million people die every year on the world’s roads. This number is expected to rise by sixty five per cent by the year 2020.

Speeding

Speeding increases the risk of crashing and makes the crash more severe if it does occur. A study found that when speed increases from 40 Miles Per Hour (MPH)  to 60 MPH, the energy released in a crash comes more than double.

Aggressiveness

Another cause of accident is driver’s aggressiveness. An aggressive driver operates a vehicle in a selfish, pushy or bold manner, without regard for the safety or rights of the other users of the roads or highways.

Bad Weather

The least of all the leading causes of road accidents is the bad weather – heavy rain, ice snowstorms, fogs, and high winds that can make driving more difficult. Yet, all these can be avoided with modern knowledge and gadgets.

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Claiming for Leg Injury Compensation

Author: aahaccount
Date: December 22, 2014

There are a number of accidents that can result in a wide variety of injuries that drastically change the lives of the individuals suffering from these injuries. Among these, leg injuries figure very prominently. If an individual suffers from a serious leg injury caused by the fault of another party, then the injured party is very likely to be eligible for compensation. When pursuing a claim, there are a number of factors that those suffering from an injury should carefully consider, including:

  • The short-term and long-term impact of the injury
  • The potential financial losses resulting from the injury
  • Who is at fault for the injury and why

After considering these varied issues, the injured party can then begin the process of pursuing the claim. The claims process can be complex, so it is advised for injured parties to enlist the assistance of an experienced legal professional so that the most favourable outcome is achieved.

 

Leg Injuries Can Result in a Number of Issues

It should be obvious to any layperson that the legs are a vital component in a wide variety of activities. It is therefore clear that an injury to the leg can result in a number of issues that affect the day-to-day activities of the injured party. Since the leg is relatively complex, there are several different types of injury that can result in the need to seek compensation, including but not limited to the following:

  • Bone fractures
  • Muscle damage
  • Ligament tears
  • Tendon strains

Of course, there are many other injuries that can result in an injured party seeking compensation, as anything from a broken ankle to a torn ligament can justifiably warrant a compensation claim if it is the result of another party’s actions or negligence.

 

Compensation Exists in the Event the Injured Party Is Not at Fault

There are many different types of accidents that can result in a leg injury, and the reason that compensation exists is to ensure that the injured party is not penalized for the negligence – or actions – of others. Leg injuries may stem from slip-and-fall accidents, automobile crashes or medical negligence, all of which can result in the injured party seeking compensation.

 

Understanding the Claims Process

The claims process can be very complicated. It is therefore advisable to enlist the assistance of an experienced legal professional that is well versed in claims of this nature. A solicitor who is experienced in this process can be of great assistance, as they will be able to determine the best course of action so that a favourable resolution is achieved.

 

Utilizing an Experienced Legal Professional

Due to the fact that the injured party may ultimately be reliant on the compensation generated through the claims process in order to pay medical bills and account for other expenses, it is very important that injured individuals work with a knowledgeable solicitor with success in the particular area of the law. A solicitor should be able to inform the injured party regarding the nature of the process and the potential for achieving a specified outcome as a result of the claims process.

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