Don’t make summer driving a flop

Another week and one where we may see more of you, our trusty readers, heading back out onto the road. Whether it’s a drive to get out and about for a change of scenery (please stay fairly local and don’t all flock to the beach), or you’re back out there prepping for the next reopening’s of business on June 14th, traffic is up and with it, there’s an increased risk of accidents as those who are used to quieter roads are suddenly needing to deal with extra traffic, those out of practice behind the wheel are making rookie, crash-inducing errors, or the kids are using the last of the quieter conditions to nail that tempting country corner flat. 

Naturally, that means that more police are out on the roads, and making random checks to see who you are and where you’ve come from, particularly if you’re a day-tripper to a seaside hotspot or other tourist attraction (such as, perhaps, Barnard Castle) …

And, with summer here, there are a few things you may not consider a big deal, but that may have an impact on your car insurance. For example, if you’re a woman, its clearly flip flop weather out there right now. But think twice before getting behind the wheel in them. Have an accident, and you could invalidate your car insurance instantly. The law states that you need to be in full control of your vehicle and driving in unsuitable footwear that is too flimsy to ensure you are able to do so could see your policy go kaput. It’s the same for those gorgeous summer wedges you’ve been rocking so stylishly too. You could also be hit with £100 fine, if stopped by the police when wearing them. So, do consider having a pair of driving shoes on hand. 

Also on the police’s radar is those of you out for a country drive who are spotted using your sat-nav whilst driving. Also, if you are deemed to cause an accident as a result of either relying on technology such as lane assist, or being distracted by looking at your sat-nav display, not only could your insurance be cancelled, but you could also be liable to a £2,500 fine for dangerous driving, plus the prospect of points on your license or a driving ban.

And finally, it goes without saying, if you do need to check your eyesight, don’t get in your car to test it. If you’re not sure your sight is up to driving, getting in your vehicle for a four-hour trip is definitely not advised, Mr Cummings…. For the record, some opticians are open for emergency visits, otherwise, you’ll need to wait until July 4that the very earliest to book a sight test. 

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