Defensive Driving Tips
While you may think of all the dangers that you face when you get behind the wheel of your car, it is one of the most dangerous activities you do each day. Even though you do not have control over other motorists on the road, you have control over your vehicle. Keep these defensive driving tips in mind to help keep you safe while on the road.
- Focus – do not let anything distract you from what is going on in front of you while you are driving. More than 10 percent of fatal crashes involved a driver who was distracted.
- Consider other drivers – while on the road, expect other drivers to make mistakes. You can only trust your own actions to keep you safe.
- Slow down – the faster you are going, the longer it will take you to stop and the bigger the impact will be if you crash. Stay below the speed limit while still traveling safely with the flow of traffic.
- Look for safety devices – if you are in the market for a new vehicle, look for one that has the newest safety features and a high number of air bags. When your children are in the car, make sure that they always have their seatbelt on, or are in the proper child seat.
- Yield – if you are not sure who has the right of way when you come to an intersection, yield. Taking a little more time to make it through the intersection can help to keep you safe.
- Use your blinkers – whenever you are changing lanes or making a turn, always use your turn signal. Not only is it the law, but it will let other drivers know what you are doing, which can help you avoid an accident.