Today’s cars come packed with a host of safety features designed to make accidents less likely. Technology like Auto Emergency Braking (AEB), Traction Control, Intelligent Speed Assist and improved handling and stability are saving lives on our roads. Yet despite that crashes still happen, all the technology in the world can’t totally negate carelessness, inattention, human stupidity and occasionally just sheer bad luck. It can happen to anyone, even the safest driver on the road.
People who drive as part of their job need to take particular care on the roads. As we’ve pointed out before, statistics show they’re far more likely to be involved in a crash than other road users. So what do you do if it happens to you?
The most obvious first step is to stop immediately, take a deep breath and assess the situation. Before jumping straight out of the car check to see whether it’s safe to do so. Car crashes can be chaotic and you don’t want to get out of the car and get hit by another vehicle. Once you’re sure it’s safe check to see if anyone is injured and call an ambulance if that’s the case. Apply first aid if it’s required.
But if the crash is not that serious then move your car off the road so it’s not blocking traffic. Before you do that take a photo of the scene with your phone for insurance purposes if it’s safe to do so. If it can’t be moved then put your hazard warning lights on and get out of the way.
Next get the details of the other driver involved – their name, address, contact details and insurance details and note down the number plate of their vehicle. If there’s extensive property damage or the other driver is uncooperative then call the police.
Fleetcare Crash Management
Any crash is bound to be a stressful event but if you’ve got Fleetcare Crash Management then things will get a whole lot easier for you. We’ll be here for you when you need us most, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fleetcare’s highly experienced team will make every effort to reduce your stress along with the impact and the costs to you and your business. It’s all designed to get you back on the road as quickly as possible with a minimum of hassle. The last thing you want to be doing is handling insurance claim forms, managing repairs and lodging claims, right? Well you can relax, because we’ll handle all of that for you.
We know that you and your employees have better things to do than dealing with all that administrative work. It’s just a time-wasting distraction isn’t it? So we’ll handle everything for you from start to finish, making sure all the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed on that paperwork so that everything’s done quickly and efficiently. We’ll then make sure those repairs are underway as soon as possible and get you and your employees back on the road just as soon as we can.
Fleetcare will look after moving your vehicle for you and arrange any repairs that are needed. We’ll then check those repair quotations before we approve them and before work starts on your vehicle. Then once the work’s started we’ll keep a close eye on progress and you can rest assured that we won’t approve the work until we’re satisfied that it’s properly completed and that everything’s as it should be.
Prevention is always better than cure and Fleetcare can even provide driver education programmes so that future accidents are far less likely.
It goes without saying that no one wants a car crash, but at least with Fleetcare Crash Management you’ll always have a helping hand when you need it most. For further information contact Fleetcare today on 134 333.