Friday, April 26, 2019

How To Bounce Back From A Driving Mistake

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Perfection is never more of a myth than when I comes to our driving habits. We may manage to convince ourselves that we are safe, precise drivers, but anyone who has ever opted for black box car insurance knows that there's usually quite a bit of room for improvement when it comes to most people's on the road technique. And it's an undeniable fact that accidents and road traffic violations happen all the time. As fallible humans, sometimes we simply make a mistake, whether it's a relatively minor one or one which has more dramatic consequences. Although this is inevitable itd what happens afterwards that counts - how you handle things after making a big driving mistake. 

Heading The Wrong Way Down A One-Way Street

As we all focus more and more on what our satellite navigation systems tell us, and less on reading the physical street signs around us, we are seeing more and more comedic and even serious situations caused by sat nav driving mistakes. Going the wrong way down a one-way street has to be one of these. There is no way to hide a mistake like this - and things can turn serious quickly when you're faced with oncoming traffic. All you can do is quickly activate your hazard lights and reverse as quickly and safely as possible, or if the road is clear, do a three point turn and continue in the correct direction. 

Running A Red Light

Due to impatience or just plain bad timing, you may have run through a red light. If you were already in the middle of an intersection when the light turns red, usually this is fine and won't activate the cameras for a traffic violation. In some states, there is a grace period of a few seconds after the light has turned red. There are clear legal guidelines on the images which are required to be captured, so depending on state requirements,you may be able to fight a California Vehicle Code 21453 a vc for example. A good legal counsel is a must for this driving offence. 

Hitting A Parked Car

In situations with lots of vehicles and a confusing navigation such as an unfamiliar parking lot, you may have managed to hit a parked vehicle. Perhaps it's just a very minor scratch or it could be a big dent in the bodywork. You may well be tempted to simply drive off if there's no one around in a moment of panic. But this ‘dent and run’ treatment is illegal and can land you in a lot of trouble, even for very minor damage to the other car. Surveys have found that male drivers are more likely to commit this offence with female drivers owning up, while younger drivers are least likely to feel guilty over the damage caused. If this happens to you, first of all don't panic. Park your own vehicle somewhere safe where it isn't obstructing traffic and likely to cause another accident, and use your phone to photograph the damage to the other car and your own. Take down details - the make, model and registration of the other car and the circumstances which led to you hitting it - things like slippery road surfaces, adverse weather conditions or how the other vehicle was parked are all important. Leave a note for the other driver with your name and contact details and a brief description of the incident. Never leave without giving your information as this could result in a charge of criminal damage. Be aware that even if you and the other driver decide to resolve any damage privately rather than making an insurance claim, you may still be required to notify your insurer of the incident or risk invalidating your policy- details will be contained in the small print of your original contract. 


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