Defensive driving us being ready for any scenario, protecting yourself, as well as others by minimizing the risk of accidents, and preparing for potential hazards. Here are 5 important tips to driving defensively.
1. Put Safety First
Always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you; this will give you more time to react. Lock your doors and wear your seatbelt to protect you from being thrown from the car in a crash. Don’t drive aggressively, it will put you in a stronger position to deal with other people’s bad driving.
2.Always Be Aware of Surroundings
Keep an eye on pedestrians, cyclists, and pets along the road. Check mirrors frequently so you know what’s going on around you at all times. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down, or pull over to avoid it.
3. Do Not Depend on Other Drivers
Be considerate of others, but look out for yourself. Plan your movement anticipating the worst-case scenario. For instance, don’t assume another driver is going to move out of the way or allow you to merge. Assume that drivers will run through red lights, or stop signs and be prepared to react.
4. Keep your Speed Down
Higher speeds make controlling your vehicle that much more difficult if things go wrong. Posted speed limits apply to ideal conditions. To maintain control of your vehicle, you must control your speed.
5. Eliminate Distractions
A distraction is any activity that diverts your attention from the task of driving. Driving deserves your full attention. Stay focused only on the driving task.
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