N is for Not My Fault


“Had an accident that wasn’t your fault?”

These adverts for no-win-no-fee legal services annoy me. I, along with most other instructors, firmly believe that in 99.9% of incidents, both drivers are to blame. The blame may not necessarily be shared equally, but in the majority of cases, there is always something that could have been done to avoid something going wrong, or at least lessen the severity.

Dash Cams

When choosing a dash-cam, remember that the most common incident that is “not your fault” is being hit from the behind. Protect yourself with this Nextbase camera that has both front and rear cameras.

Defensive Driving

As you approach a junction, has the driver in the side road made eye-contact with you? If not then slow down in case they pull out in front of you.

On the mini-roundabout, is the oncoming vehicle approaching so fast that you think they may steal your priority? Let them go first!

On the dual carriageway, can you see the lorry driver in his door mirror? If not then the lorry driver can’t see you.

Getting you to think “What if…”

At Inclusive Driving, we help you pre-empt these situations by the use of case studies. By asking yourself “What if…?” then you may avoid an accident, even if it wasn’t going to be your fault.

But I wasn’t to blame

Even if you weren’t to blame for a collision, it’s not good taking the moral high-ground from a hospital bed! And that’s how insurance companies might view it too: even for a non-fault claim, expect your insurance price to go up next year.

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