Defend Yourself – Be a Defensive Driver

defensive drivingThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2013 there were 5,687,000 traffic accidents in the United States. Of those accidents – 1,591,000 were injury crashes and 30,057 were fatalities. These numbers can be quite alarming, but drivers can help protect themselves by becoming a defensive driver. It is impossible to control other drivers’ actions, but you do have control over your own driving. By following these defensive driving tips, you can reduce your chances of getting into a car accident.

  • Before setting out on the road, make sure all of your mirrors are adjusted properly.  While driving check your mirrors periodically and be mindful of your blind spots.
  • Always wear your seat belt.  Your seat belt can help reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
  • Focus your full attention on the road.  Put down any possible distractions such as phones and avoid adjusting the radio and air-conditioning if possible.
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs.  If a danger should arises, it will be harder to control your vehicle if you are speeding.
  • Leave enough space between your car and the car in front of you.  It is suggested to leave about 3 to 4 seconds of lead time in normal weather conditions.
  • In times of rainy weather, use your headlights and leave extra space between your car and other drivers.
  • Use your blinkers to ensure that other drivers know when you will be changing lanes or making a turn.
  • If you identify a reckless driver, get away from them as safely as possible following the rules of the road.
  • Make sure to keep your emotions in check.  If you tend to get frustrated with other drivers, find ways to keep yourself calm while on the road.
  • If another driver shows signs of road rage, do not engage them and keep your focus on driving.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.  Being aware of your surroundings can help you anticipate any possible dangers that may arise

Because you have no control over other drivers, it is imperative that you are aware of your own driving. By keeping these defensive driving tips in mind, you can help reduce the chance of a car accident and prevent possible injuries.

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