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Tips for Defensive Driving

Stay Safe When On the Road

Defensive driving is one of the most important things you can do behind the wheel of a car. It does not only keep you safe on the road, but can reduce the amounts that you pay to insurance companies by avoiding accidents. A driver is defensive when they drive to fit the current conditions of the road and anticipate the actions of other drivers that may cause accidents.

To drive defensively, follow these tips:

  • Stay focused on the road and eliminate distractions that may divert attention, such as eating, talking on the phone, texting, or tending to a child
  • Look at least 500 feet in front of your car to determine future problems that may arise as you pass by
  • Maintain speed with traffic without driving too fast or too slow and stay in one lane for a long period of time if possible
  • Do not tailgate the car in front of you and pay attention to people that may be following too closely to your car
  • Make sure you are visible to other drivers by turning on your headlights, using signals when switching lanes, and making sure your brake lights properly work
  • Double check your blind spots when driving and avoid switching lanes or driving next to other cars when in their spot
  • Adapt your driving to current road conditions, which may involve driving slower than the speed limit or turning on lights in fog
  • Know and follow the traffic rules of the state you are driving in, which may be different than those where you are from

The best tip that a driver can follow is to focus on driving and stay aware of the other drivers on the road. By anticipating what may happen next, accidents and personal injuries can be avoided. However, there are some instances where an accident cannot be avoided and injuries ultimately result. When this happens, a personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve for your case.