The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but 1,800 people are still killed on British roads every year. When first learning to drive, you probably know the Highway Code like the back of your hand, but there’s more to driving than just the Highway Code alone. 

If you’re a new driver and you get into an accident, make sure to follow all of these steps, but it’s obviously better to avoid a crash in the first place. Here are 8 tips that should help to prevent car accidents on the road.

1. Don’t try to impress your friends

We’ve all heard of or seen the stereotypical “boy racer” speeding in his/her car in an effort to impress his friends, and this kind of peer pressure can affect any driver. If your friends are encouraging you to speed and put other road users in danger, you should always stick to the speed limit. 1 in 4 young drivers crash within their first 2 years of driving – don’t become another statistic. 

2. Put your phone away!

Distracted driving – checking your phone or writing a text while driving – can be just as dangerous as drink-driving. When you’re travelling quickly, all it takes is 1 or 2 seconds of distraction for an accident to occur. Using a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal in the UK. Turn your phone off or put it in silent mode when driving – the sound of a notification or phone call can be very tempting. If you’re using your phone as a sat nav, put it in “do not disturb” mode to avoid distractions. 

3. Avoid alcohol completely

Although you can technically drink a pint and be within the legal limit to drive, our bodies react differently to alcohol on different days. Depending on your body, your metabolism, and what you’ve eaten that day, 1 pint could be enough to make you tipsy and seriously affect your reaction times on the road. It’s better to play it safe.

4. Get your Sat Nav ready before setting off

If you’re using a sat nav for your journey, get the route ready before you set off. The same goes for if you’re using your phone to play music on Spotify or listen to a podcast – get everything going before you set off. Programming stuff into your sat nav while driving is incredibly dangerous and takes your attention away from the road.

5. Don’t be intimidated into speeding

Some drivers can be very pushy and impatient. You might find that you’re travelling 30 mph in a 30 zone but someone behind you is staying dangerously close to encourage you to break the speed limit. Don’t give in to this pressure – the other driver should overtake you at a safe point if they see fit.

6. Take your time on tricky roads

If you’re driving in a rural area with country lanes, you might see the “national speed limit” sign indicating that you can drive 60 mph on single carriageway lanes. If you’re on a tight country lane with blind corners and spaces where only 1 car can pass, then flying around it at 60 mph is obviously a very bad idea. If there are long stretches with clear visibility, then you might want to approach 60, but generally, you should drive more carefully and slow right down if you can’t see what’s coming or you’re approaching a corner.

7. Check the weather before you leave

It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast before setting off on a journey, especially if you’re not used to driving in adverse conditions. For example, if it’s going to be extremely rainy, you might want to choose a longer route which is safer to drive in heavy rain. Similarly, if there’s snow outside, especially in the winter season, you need to plan accordingly.

8. Be aware of other road users

As well as following the highway code, you should also be aware of other road users. Some road uses may not follow the highway code as precisely as they should which can be the main cause of accidents. Other road users can include cars, lorries, motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Top tips to prevent being in a car accident

Top tips to prevent being in a car accident

The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but 1,800 people are still killed on British roads every year. When first learning to drive, you probably know the Highway Code like the back of your hand, but there’s more to driving than just the Highway Code alone. ...

Read More

Is it illegal to drive…

Is it illegal to drive…

There are many myths which has surrounded driving and the laws attached. It can be confusing to know what is illegal to do and what isn’t when driving. You could face a fine, points on your license, driving bans and even prison sentences for something that you didn’t...

Read More

Best Economical Cars 2019

Best Economical Cars 2019

Did you know that fuel prices are at a five-year high? Petrol prices across the UK have hit 128.72p a litre whilst diesel hit 131.61p a litre and they are expected to rise even further. With that depressing stat in mind and the news that the Government is set to...

Read More

Best used cars under £10,000

Best used cars under £10,000

Looking for a new car but don’t want to break the bank? With our list of the best used cars under £10k in 2019, you can find the car that’s right for you and within your budget! In the £10k market, there is so much choice! Whether you’re looking for you first car, a...

Read More

What to do if you put the wrong fuel in your car

What to do if you put the wrong fuel in your car

Over 150,000 people put the wrong fuel in their car each year. It can happen to any of us, at any time, and usually at the most inconvenient of times! Whether its due to a slip of concentration or a recent new car, putting the wrong fuel in your car can be extremely...

Read More

Refused Car Finance Reviews

4.84 Average

190 Reviews

Amazing service! Very friendly staff who not only try to find the best deal but also stick to the budget given so don't encourage over spending. Could not recommended them enough!

best interest rate you can find it great very professional company to work with specially Jacob he was very helpful. thank you very much

Brilliant people to deal with and quick turnaround. I applied on the Monday had my dream car by Friday as quick as that. Went up by train to collect the car they met me outside the train station as soon as I got there. Car was as mint if not better than on pics. I asked for something specific and they got me exactly what they wanted for my budget. Trust in these people and they will help you out.