Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 2, 2012

Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is advising on what to do following an accident.

  • 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 insurers as soon as you can.

Elstow said: “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.”