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. Here are some tips on how to practice good defensive driving:
Be aware of what is around you. Keep your eye on the road and on your surroundings at all times to be able to avoid the unexpected.
Look far ahead. 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 3-4 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.
Watch out for other drivers. To avoid being caught off guard, be sure you remain aware of other drivers around you. Being able to anticipate their actions reduces your risk.
Don’t provoke other drivers. If another driver cuts you off or is driving erratically, don’t do the same. You could become involved in a road rage incident. If someone is driving aggressively, yield to them and make it easier for them to pass.
Avoid overconfidence. Many times we think we’re a good driver and others are bad drivers. Being overly confident can lead to speeding and other dangerous driving habits.
Don’t drive when you are sleepy. More than 50,000 crashes happen every year because of drowsy driving. If you feel sleepy, stop and rest.
Don’t drive distracted. If you can’t resist picking up your phone if it rings or you hear a text alert, turn it off while you are driving.
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