As a defensive driver, you position yourself to avoid trouble on the road. Furthermore, this approach to driving gives you greater peace of mind.
These five defensive driving tips will help keep you safe:
- Slow down: Know the speed limit and obey it at all times. Excessive speeding increases the risk of an accident, while also putting other drivers in danger.
- Think one step ahead: What will you do if a driver cuts you off? What will you do if another driver suddenly stops? By thinking one step ahead, you're able to make quick decisions.
- Leave a greater following distance: As a general rule of thumb, leave three to four seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front of yours. Any closer and you'll find it difficult to stop your vehicle without causing an accident.
- Don't yell at other drivers: No matter what's going on around you, keep your cool. Yelling at another driver, even if they're doing the same, will only result in more trouble.
- Eliminate distractions: Distractions are everywhere when driving. From your cellphone to your drink, from your children in the backseat to billboards on the side of the road, you must tune out all distractions.
When you follow these defensive driving tips, you'll be more confident in your ability to avoid trouble on the road.
If another driver causes an accident, move to the shoulder of the road, check yourself and passengers for injuries and call 911 for help.
After receiving medical treatment, contact your insurance company and learn more about how to obtain compensation for your injuries and other related damages.