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Why You Need An Accident Replacement Car After A Not At Fault Accident

The experience of being in a not at fault accident, the type when you have been involved in a car accident that’s completely out of your control, is devastating. Luckily, you haven’t been injured, but your car has seen better days.

While most people are entitled to an accident replacement vehicle, very few take up the opportunity to hire one. In this article, we discuss why we highly encourage you to hire an accident replacement car, and why your daily life will thank you for it.

Don’t Get Behind On Commitments

Despite your accident, life needs to continue, and all of your pressing work commitments, childcare obligations, and daily errands need to continue as usual. With an accident replacement vehicle, your everyday routine continues uninterrupted as your car is repaired, or as you begin the process of buying a new one, and no event in your life is missed due to something that wasn’t your fault.

Dealing With No Time Frame For Repairs

Repairing damages from an accident can be a lengthy and unpredictable process for the vehicle’s owner. While most panel beaters and repairmen give accurate turnaround times, unavoidable delays can happen, simply due to the severity of the damages. With no defined time frame, you shouldn’t be without a car for an unspecified period. The process of writing off a severely damaged car can also be lengthy, from receiving your insurance to picking out a new car, and an accident replacement car will help you during this time.

Get Back On The Horse

Not at fault accidents can be the hardest to recover from; getting back behind the wheel of the car can seem nerve-wracking and scary, but avoiding driving ever again isn’t a situation you want to find yourself in. An accident replacement vehicle gives you the gentle yet much-needed encouragement to get back on the horse and continue driving, keeping you on the road and with the lifestyle you love.

You May Be Entitled

If you are entitled to an accident replacement vehicle, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take up the option. Some people are hesitant to take advantage of this important inclusion to their insurance or situation, however, there is no reason why you should suffer if you are entitled to an accident replacement vehicle. Understanding your entitlements is key, so it’s best to check your insurance and entitlement surrounding an accident replacement vehicle, regardless of whether you have been in an accident or not.

Not at fault accidents can happen at any time; if you are in the need of an accident replacement vehicle, contact Not My Fault to organise your accident replacement rental car today!

Keeping your children safe: essential safety features for every vehicle

One of the biggest priorities parents face is keeping their children safe day-to-day, and whilst they’re in the car is no different. Considering the safety features in your vehicle is highly important before you take junior passengers on the road. These measures are designed to keep them safe from not at fault car accidents and unavoidable crashes.

Whether you are hiring a car, accessing an accident replacement car, or borrowing from a loved one, it’s essential the vehicle is fitted with child safety features, and in the following article, we take you through the essentials you can’t drive without.

Seat belts

Every car is fitted with seat belts, and it’s illegal to drive your car without every passenger safely fastened in. Seat belts can deteriorate over time through use so it’s important to check the condition of them regularly. Some people assume you can share a seat belt with a child, however, this is not the case, is dangerous to do so, and is also an illegal practice.

Child locks

Many parents experience the issue of a curious child, and whilst they are in the car, small children are known for playing with locks and door handles. To avoid them opening the car door mid-drive, or a stranger being able to access them, install child safety locks that are accessible to only the driver, giving you full control over the entire car.

Car seats

Depending on the size of your child, you will need car seats. There are many different sizes available, some designed for infants, toddlers and boosters for slightly older children. Car seats ensure they are secured properly, allowing the seat belt to be fastened, and worn correctly during the drive. When you access hire or accident replacement cars, it’s vital the car is fitted with these for the right age of your passengers.

Seating positions

When a child is below the age of four, they should always be seated in the back seat. This is a legal requirement, and also best for their safety. Between the age of four and seven, they can sit in the front seat with an appropriate car seat, however, it’s best to keep them in the back for as long as possible.

Educate your children

The best thing you can do for your child’s safety in the car is simple, effective education of vehicle safety. Spending the time arming them with knowledge will ensure they know why they need special seating arrangements, how to behave in the car, and what to expect when driving in a car other than your own.

If you have been in an accident, and you are needing an accident replacement vehicle with child safety features, contact us today at Not My Fault to organise the best vehicle for your young family!

How To Prepare Your Car For A Road Trip

One of the most vulnerable times to behind by the wheel of your car is during a long road trip. While the adventure seems exciting, usually these trips involve lengthy stints on foreign roads, driving all hours, longer than you would on a normal day. Accidents can happen, especially ones where you are not at fault.

Before you begin your road trip, it’s essential to prepare your car for whatever may happen. In this article, we take you through everything you need to check and review before you leave home, and why this preparation allows you to focus on the journey whilst safeguarding you in the event of anything bad happening!

Check Your Tyres

More than ever your car’s tyres are going to be tested during a road trip. However, this isn’t the time you want to discover you have a slow leak, a puncture, or bald tyres. Before you leave, ensure you have checked the pressure and condition of your tyres, and replace any that are in poor condition. This is also the case for your spare, which also needs checking and replacing if necessary.

Service Your Car

If your car is due for servicing, now is the time to do it. Long road trips and the extended use of the car can exacerbate longstanding issues, so it’s vital to have your car checked by a professional before you embark on your drive. Consider doing this even if your car isn’t due for service; finding out your car has a major issue whilst stranded on the side of the road isn’t ideal, and can lead to greater costs to get the car towed and fixed.

Check The Safety Features Of Your Car

The mechanics of your car aren’t the only aspects you should be checking before you leave. When on the road, anything can happen, and you want to ensure that you and your passengers are as safe as possible and adequately prepared for any not at fault car accident. Check the safety features of your car by reviewing your seat belts, airbags, and breaks are all working as they should be. For small infants, check the car seat is fixed properly to the car and installed the right way for your child’s size.

Check your insurance

You don’t get in the car with the intention of having an accident, however, this, unfortunately, doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Many people claim on their car insurance for a not-at-fault accident, after someone has hit them, resulting in the need for an accident replacement vehicle, and even medical attention. During your long trip, you don’t want to be caught out by not having access to a replacement vehicle, so check the specifics of your car insurance before you leave, understanding what you are covered for in case of an emergency.

Accidents can happen on your road trip; if you are involved in a not my fault accident, contact Not My Fault to organise your accident replacement rental car.

Bad weather driving tips

Nothing sucks more than driving in less than ideal weather. Whether it’s a foggy night, a huge afternoon downpour or a freezing day, there are a lot of things that can screw with your car during your trip. Here are some tips to help you get around when nature would prefer that you stay home:

1. Drive slowly

The number one thing to remember in any of these less than ideal scenarios is to drive slowly. Snow days could mean icy roads and a downpour equals a wet road. Both cases can mess with your tyre grip and lead to a lot of uncontrollable skidding. If you DO end up skidding, slowly turn your wheels towards the direction of your skid so that your car can correct itself.

2. Don’t tailgate!

While we’d rather not have someone else cutting in front of us when we’re already in a (safe) rush to get home, the aforementioned slippery roads might lead to accidents if you choose to tailgate. The worst case is that the person in front of you hits the brakes and the road is too slippery for you to stop at the same time, meaning that you’ll likely slide forward and hit the back of their car. On the flip side, if for some reason their car slides backwards and your car is too close behind, it will still end with a collision.

3. Don’t risk deep waters

While it may be tempting to drive through a deep puddle or a small flooded stretch of road, we highly recommend not doing so. Aside from all the nasty things under the surface that could damage your car, driving into deep waters could cause your car to shut down if the water gets sucked up into your air intake. If your car suddenly stops, there’s no telling if whoever’s behind you won’t accidentally hit you, especially if visibility is low.

Remember that even in the worst weather conditions, rushing doesn’t mean disregarding your safety and that of the people around you. If anything, you should be doubly careful during these situations in order to get to where you need to be as quickly and as safely as possible. In the worst-case scenario where you do have an accident, remember that Not My Fault accident replacement vehicles are here to help you get back on the road as quickly as possible – call us today.

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Tips for driving in the dark

Driving in the dark can throw up its own set of unusual circumstances and challenges. In towns and cities, there may be different light levels to cope with; away from populated areas, only moon or starlit darkness. Here are some tips to help you to drive safely in dark conditions.

A clear line of sight

A good starting point is to make sure windscreen and side windows are clean and clear of grease and muck, both inside and out, as this can cause vision problems when hit by lights from other vehicles. If you can, think about reducing in-car glare, for example from dashboard lights, although keeping the information quickly visible, as this allows more focus on events outside of your vehicle.

Glaringly obvious!

One problem many folk are concerned about is dealing with glare from the headlights of oncoming vehicles. One tip from experts is to learn to look towards the kerb on your vehicle’s side of the road while keeping at a steady speed. This helps you to focus on keeping your vehicle in the right place on the road.

Thinking ahead – in more ways than one

Depending on how quickly darkness falls and then rises, it’s a good idea to use dipped headlights for a period, maybe up to an hour, both before and after these events. This helps others see your vehicle in dim or changing light.

Focus on the road so that you can give warning as far ahead as possible, such as using a gradually increasing light source. Equally, it’s vital to be aware of close-by situations as cyclists and pedestrians may not have done all they should to make themselves visible. People often behave more erratically at night – especially if they are relaxing and enjoying themselves!

For longer night-time journeys, it makes sense to plan for extra journey times, allocating more time for breaks than you might feel you need during the day. It’s often more difficult to concentrate, as there is less happening to keep your alertness level as high as it should be.

If you are involved in a not at-fault accident

When you are involved in a not at-fault accident, even if you are free from any injuries, this sudden event can be very distressing. If it happens at night, darkness can add to the levels of anxiety. Many motorists, in such situations, can make a panicked decision to hire a car to get where they need to be and sort everything else out later. Don’t! This car may be unreliable, and you shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than what you are used to.

When you are not at fault, in such situations, then under Australian Law, you are entitled to a replacement courtesy car, with costs met by the insurance company of whoever was at fault. To start this process, you can apply online or call our experienced Not My Fault team on 1800699034.