Learning good defensive driving skills can help you avoid an accident and be a better driver overall, minimizing the chance of an injury and a more expensive insurance premium. It pays to remember these defensive driving tips:
Look far in front of you. Most drivers tends to only look as far as the front of their vehicles while driving, but looking further down the road will help you anticipate any hazards.
Keep a safe following distance. During dry weather, you should maintain at least two seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. If it’s raining or foggy, you should double that time to four seconds of space.
Don’t provoke other drivers. If another driver cuts you off or is driving erratically, don’t do the same. You could incite a road rage incident.
Yield to aggressive drivers. If someone is driving aggressively, yield to them and make it easier for them to pass you by.
Be aware of surroundings. Don’t drive distracted. You need to keep your eye on the road and on your surroundings to be able to avoid the unexpected.
Avoid overconfidence. Many times we think we’re a good driver and others are bad drivers. Overconfidence can lead to speeding and other dangerous driving habits.
Don’t drive drowsy. More than 50,000 crashes happen every year because of drowsy driving. If you feel drowsy, stop and rest.
Take a refresher course. Over time, your driving skills can erode. Taking a defensive driving course can sharpen your skills and remind you of proper driving habits.
While you can’t control what other drivers do, you do have control over your own driving habits. Practicing good defensive driving skills will help make it less likely you will be involved in a car accident.
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