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How can you be a defensive driver?

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Motor vehicle accidents

Other drivers are going to make mistakes. You can limit your own errors on the road, but these drivers are always going to put you in danger. They could cause an accident that leads to severe injuries.

One of the best ways to avoid getting involved in such a crash is to become a better defensive driver. Defensive driving means anticipating mistakes and actively taking steps in advance to avoid accidents. For example, if someone is tailgating you, you should try to get them to pass your vehicle. This reduces the danger that you face. Here are three tips to help you become a better defensive driver this year.

Consider following distances

First and foremost, you should always be three or four seconds behind the next car. This following distance gives you space to react. If that driver makes a mistake or does something unexpectedly, you have enough time to avoid a crash yourself. This is also why it helps to follow the speed limit or at least move with the flow of traffic.

Stay focused

Drivers suffer from distraction. This could be as obvious as using a cellphone or as simple as becoming lost in thought behind the wheel. Either way, remaining focused on the road and alert to the conditions around you helps you react immediately.

Never count on someone else

Generally, you just need to be aware that other people are going to make mistakes. Don’t count on them. For example, you may have a green light, but it can still be beneficial to look both ways before you start driving – in case someone is about to run the light that just turned red.

These tips can help, but you may still get injured in an accident caused by another driver. If you do, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation.