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Defensive Driving Tips

defensive-drivingTo be a safe driver, practicing defensive driving is necessary. While all traffic situations differ, following these basic defensive driving tips will help you stay safe and reduce your chances of getting into an accident.

Maintain your focus

While you drive, its important to focus only on the task at hand: driving. Distracted driving prevents drivers from identifying problems and reacting. Just because you’ve been driving for many years does not mean that you have the ability to drive and do other things. Stay focused on driving, and driving only, while behind the wheel.

Be alert

Remaining alert while behind the wheel will allow you to react swiftly when problems arise. Drugs and alcohol affect your judgment and ability to react quickly, so never drive under the influence. Always be well-rested before getting behind the wheel.

Be mindful of others

Always be aware of other drivers on the roadway so that you can anticipate their actions. By doing so, you can prevent being caught off guard and hopefully avoid an accident. By anticipating the actions of other drivers, you can make effective adjustments in your driving to reduce risk.

Follow at a safe distance

Following three to four seconds behind any vehicle in front of you will give you more time to stop or adjust if needed. When traffic flow is heavy and weather conditions rough, follow even farther behind other vehicles.

Manage your speed

Remember, speed limits are designed for ideal conditions. When weather conditions are poor or there is heavy traffic, adjust your speed to match the conditions you are experiencing. At higher speeds, it is more difficult to make adjustments if needed.

Plan your escape

In all situations, stay where other vehicles can see you. Consider other vehicles positions and plan an alternative travel route, giving yourself an out if needed.

Following these defensive driving tips should help you steer clear of driving problems. However, you cannot always control or prevent anothers negligence. If you are injured in an auto accident, our attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve.