Lockdown And Driving

As lockdown ensued from March and then people were encouraged too work from home the result was less traffic on the roads. This resulted in fewer car accidents, no congestion and aa price drop in petrol. It was a pleasure to drive again on the odd occasion that I went out to get supplies.

Following the announcement that speed awareness courses are suspended for three months, some speeding tickets have now been cancelled altogether.

As police forces struggle to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, drivers may simply be issued a written warning – with no fine or licence penalty points to follow.

The Times reports letters sent to motorists explaining it is ‘not in the public interest’ to prosecute minor speeding offences.

And one Motoring Research reader had his speed awareness course cancelled, and the fee refunded, ‘due to issues related to the coronavirus’. (source)

Flouting The Rules

Of course like all the laws and request during covid there is a set of people that have total disregard for rules. Probably because some fines got cancelled, tickets cancelled some people took this as an excuse to speed excessively.

A man was recorded above 130mph on the A90 between Peterhead and Ellon, Aberdeenshire, on 12 April. then a driver was stopped in Sudbury, Suffolk, travelling at 80mph in a 30mph limit with no insurance and no driving licence

Of course at these speeds it puts other people in danger and of course the police were not gong to stand for that. So now they are back out in force and catching those who risk others lives. Not only could you get a speeding fine but you could also get convicted of careless driving charge. You could end up losing your licence if you get a totting up ban.

What is a totting up ban?

A totting up ban is when you accrue 12 or more penalty points on your licence in a three-year period, resulting in a minimum six-month driving ban.

To understand totting up bans in more detail, you need to know how penalty points work. When you are convicted of a motoring offence, you are usually given a certain number of penalty points. These remain on your licence for four years.

Different types of motoring offence carry a different number of penalty points. For example, driving without insurance carries six penalty points, whereas dangerous driving can carry up to 11 penalty points. A minor speeding offence is usually three penalty points.

If you commit two or more motoring offences, the penalty points on your driving licence will start to add up. If you reach 12 or more penalty points within a three-year period, you will be automatically disqualified from driving. This is called a totting up ban.

So, if you already have points on your licence, you need to be very careful that you do not accumulate any more. Otherwise, any further offences could push you over the 12-point limit, causing you to temporarily loose your licence. So you might want to avoid a totting up ban. One of the top searched term on google is driving through no entry sign penalty surprisingly.

Let’s take a look at the top ten injuries caused by car accidents.

1. Whiplash

The sudden movement of your head and neck due to an accident can be very painful. Soft tissue and tendons can be damaged. It can also take a long time to heal. Although people often criticise claims for whiplash – it is a serious medical injury.

2. Scrapes and cuts

Cuts and scrapes can be serious or minor. But all cuts mean possible infections – so you should have them checked out. Also, photograph any injury in case it is needed in evidence.

3. Broken ribs

A common injury in car accidents. Broken ribs are painful and can take a long time to heal. The ribs are quite fragile and can easily be broken when you are pushed sideways or forward when a crash occurs. You may miss a considerable period of work – which needs compensating for.

4. Hips, leg, shoulder injury

Side on or rear-end crashes can result in multiple fractures. Simple bone fractures can typically take 6-8 weeks to heal. Broken hips and shoulders may require significant surgery, pins and stabilisation. Compensation needs to be considered to pay for treatment, recovery and loss of earnings.

5. Severe head injuries

Severe “trauma” is when the brain is injured – which can have long-lasting effects. These injuries can lead to complications with speech, movement and co-ordination. Some brain trauma may be minor, but a blow to the head is always “serious” until you are told otherwise by a trained doctor.

Brain scans, MRI and CT scanning can assist the doctor in diagnosis and recording your injury.

Unfortunately serious life-threatening and life-changing injuries due to car accidents are common when accidents happen at high speed.

Losing a limb or paralysis (sometimes temporary) are the results of car accidents.

When something like this happens, no amount of money can make up for the loss. However, many people do go on to live lives that are worth living thanks to incredible medical skill and adaptations of the home which is often paid for by compensation.

6. Internal bleeding

Often known as “the silent killer” internal bleeding is not always obvious. If there’s a chance of internal bleeding, (i.e. any accident except the most minor bump) then you should see a doctor.

7. Ruptured disc

One of the most common problems (and painful and ongoing) can be a ruptured or herniated disc. The spine has many shock-absorbing discs. If any of these get damaged, sever back and leg pain can occur. Sometimes discs in the neck can be injured too.

8. Broken or damaged knees

The knees are key to your walking. If you have had an accident and the knees hit the steering wheel or dashboard, it’s possible they get injured in a big way. Whether ligaments, knee cap or tendons, the damage can be severe. It may be you never walk again in the same way, or without pain. Compensation may help you get the very best surgeon and physiotherapy

9. PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

It’s not just physical trauma that can affect you after a crash. Something called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD – can affect your emotional state. You may be fearful of getting into a car again. You may have nightmares or flashbacks. These need specialised treatment to overcome. Compensation may help pay for specialist counselling for your emotional suffering.

10. Guilt feelings

As well as PTSD it’s common for accident victims to feel guilty. Even if you are not to blame for the accident, you may think “What if?” These guilt feelings can affect you for many years. It is very important to get the right therapy to help you through things.

How can you avoid life-changing injuries?

Risk is there every time we wake up. But driving a car is riskier because of the speed and other drivers. So how do you reduce your risk? Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Wear a seatbelt! It’s the law and it saves lives.
  • Don’t break the speed limit – and drive according to weather conditions. You know it makes sense.
  • Make sure your car is roadworthy, brakes, lights, windscreen wipers.
  • Don’t use drugs, a mobile phone or drive while intoxicated. Don’t drive if medication or tiredness is likely to affect your driving.
  • Don’t give in to road rage! Always remain calm when driving. A few seconds added to your journey isn’t a problem. A crash with another angry driver is.

Top 10 prohibition defects as a percentage of all cars inspected at roadside 2018 to 2019

2018 to 2019TotalRunning Gear – Condition of Tyres22.90%
2018 to 2019TotalBodywork – Windscreen and Windows7.30%
2018 to 2019TotalRunning Gear – Road wheels and Hubs6.00%
2018 to 2019TotalEngine and Associated Equipment – Exhaust system5.30%
2018 to 2019TotalLamps and Reflectors – Direction Indicators5.20%
2018 to 2019TotalSeat belts and Supplementary Restraint System4.40%
2018 to 2019TotalBrakes – Warning Systems3.40%
2018 to 2019TotalBodywork – Registration Plates & VIN Details2.90%
2018 to 2019TotalLamps and reflectors – Headlamps2.60%
2018 to 2019TotalTransmission – Un-categorised defects2.50%