Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is advising on what to do following an accident.
- Be aware of the risk from passing traffic. Look for a safe place to stop to exchange details if you can, especially if no one has been injured.
- Turn your engine off and put your hazard lights on to warn other drivers.
- Swap details as quickly and calmly as possible then clear the road to prevent causing delays.
- Give your name, address, registration, car make, model, colour and insurance company details to the driver(s) involved. Make sure you get these details from them.
- Take photographs if possible.
- You don’t have to call the police unless someone is injured or if there is an accusation of dangerous driving.
- Report the incident to your insurers as soon as you can.
Elstow said: “The reality is nobody wants to think about having a car accident. But it’s important to be prepared in case you are involved in one. And if it happens, try not to get angry or upset.”