A classic car without all the modern safety features will not protect you or your passengers like a modern car does in the case of a collision. There are no airbags, no crumple zones, and no safety ratings. A friend that’s a car accident lawyer in Austin TX even suggested that there may be an additional liability because of the lack of these safety features.
Are American Classic Cars safe?
Because of this additional caution is required while driving your antique vehicle to avoid car accidents. I’d like to think that all types of drivers read this blog and take my safety advice to heart. Certainly, we have discussed safe driving tips at length in our meetings. Here is a short summary of driving safety suggestions for you and your family to consider to help avoid an auto accident. These tips, of course, apply to all cars, but especially classic cars that may not have modern safety mechanisms.
- First and foremost – DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. This is the leading cause of accidents.
- Do not ingest any type of illegal substance and drive. Like alcohol – it impairs your judgment and ability to commandeer a vehicle.
- Do not drive distracted. By that we mean do not drive and put on your makeup. Do not drive and eat. Do not drive and TEXT. Do not drive and manipulate technology such as iPods. Do not parent while behind the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
- Do not tailgate.
- Always wear your seat belt if you have one.
- Make sure all of your passengers have their seat belts on.
- Do not horseplay in a car.
- Use your blinkers to let other drivers know your intentions.
- Pass with care but do not pass on two-lane highways.
- Keep your vehicle in good working condition – regular checkups.
- Obey all traffic signs and laws.
- Be a defensive driver.
- Do not drive aggressively.
- Do not speed.
- Be respectful of the awesome responsibility that is inherent in the privilege of driving.
Classic Car Insurance Buyer’s Advice
If you’ve just bought your first classic car you will need to consider not just where, but also how you are going to insure it. As a classic car owner it matters not if you drive a perfect condition, Ford Capri, 3 liter from 1970, a beat-up old Morris Minor from the Sixties, or a sleek E-type Jaguar in British racing green, it is essential that you find the best classic car insurance cover for your cherished motor, that covers your individual risks at prices that won’t break the bank!
If you have not owned a classic car before it is important to realize that there are basic differences between what is known as a standard car insurance policy and the cover offered under one defined as classic, by a specialist car insurer.
The first thing to establish is whether your car is eligible for cover under a classic policy. One way you could do this is to ask the previous owner whether it was covered under a classic car insurance policy and with which insurance company.
Different car insurance companies have different definitions of the age and type of vehicles that can be covered under this type of cover.
What might be easily covered by one provider may be excluded by another. Fortunately, most online classic car cover providers provide this information on the first page of their websites, so it is fairly easy to surf around and check your eligibility with different insurance companies.
As with all car insurance, it is important to compare both covers and prices when shopping around. There are many specialist classic insurance providers available online today and many specialist schemes that are targeted at particular classic owners. Compare the premiums offered by these with those from the price comparison sites, but if you want to avoid disappointment if you need to make a claim, be sure to understand the difference in policy covers.
Why Not Take Defensive Driving Again?
After witnessing a car accident, it has recently occurred to me that a singular course in defensive driving – above and beyond the initial driver’s training course- might do all of us some good. Let’s consider the types of techniques a person may acquire with this additional schooling.
Defensive driver courses are designed to teach motorists how to identify and react to hazardous situations predictably and in as safe a manner as possible. The course is based on research that supports the premise that a driver who is able to anticipate a difficult or dangerous driving situation is more likely to react in a way that reduces the risks to themselves and their passengers as well as to the other drivers around them on the road.
Practicing defensive driving moves allows the driver to ‘incorporate these techniques into their driving repertoire’. That means they are more likely to react calmly in a dangerous driving situation.
The following is a list of some of the types of driving situations a student will be trained to react to:
- ceding the right of way
- maneuvering around environmental hazards
- reaction times and stopping distances (particularly in inclement weather)
- maintaining control of the vehicle in inclement weather and sudden problems
- adapting to fluid road circumstances
- emergency and first aid training
These are just a few examples of the types of experiences a student can expect to undergo in a safe driving course.
Certainly, drivers are exposed to this type of training in their initial driver’s training but there is a difference…and that is that a new driver cannot be expected to develop an expertise in all areas of ‘roadway conduct’ right ‘off the mark’.
The second round of training in defensive driving would be very helpful to teens – and adults as well!
I had a very nice note the other day from a father who had lost a child telling me about getting “that knock on the door” and his note reaffirmed my commitment to advocate safety to young and old drivers alike.
Frankly, one can never be ‘over-prepared’ to address challenging and sometimes deadly traffic situations none of us want to get that knock on the door.