It is every driver’s duty to conduct themselves responsibly when on the road. Defensive driving provides motorists with the tools they need to preserve their safety and the safety of others.
Driving defensively reduces your risk of an accident, so it is important to utilize these practices any time you are behind the wheel. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Driving distractions include mobile devices, GPS systems, car radios, and even conversations with passengers. Anything that draws attention away from the task at hand counts as a distraction, which you must avoid at all costs. If you must use a mobile device for an emergency, pull over in a safe area to do so.
Leave room between vehicles
Leaving room between your vehicle and others ensures you have ample time to stop if the car in front of you does. In general, you should leave three to four seconds between your car and the one in front of you. When weather is bad, you can increase the distance even more in case roads are slick and traction is bad.
Focus on the road
Finally, paying attention to the road ensures you can make decisions quickly and efficiently when faced with an unexpected issue. Scan the road in front of you and check your mirrors frequently to identify possible issues. When turning or changing lanes, look at your blind spots to check for other vehicles or bicyclists. Always operate your vehicle with caution at crosswalks and around schools and parks.
If you get involved in an accident with a negligent driver, remain calm. Contact the police and exchange information with the other driver, so you can follow up with your insurance company.