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TOUCH WOOD, EVERYONE reading this made it through the last few days of tricky driving conditions unscathed. If you do have a mishap, though, would you be sure what to do next?

TOUCH WOOD, EVERYONE reading this made it through the last few days of tricky driving conditions unscathed. If you do have a mishap, though, would you be sure what to do next?

 

The driver training specialist, IAM Drive and Survive, has offered a reminder of what action to take after a prang. Simon Elstow, the company's head of training, says: “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.”

 

* 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 insurer as soon as you can.

 

Most of these tips are common sense, but it's not always easy to think straight after an accident. So why not print this list off and keep it in your glovebox?

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