You probably don’t need to be told that not everyone that you share the road with are fantastic drivers. You have your aggressive drivers who speed and frequently change lanes with no blinkers, your distracted drivers talking or texting on their phone, and even the overcautious drivers who can cause car accidents.
You can’t control the actions of other drivers. But updating your defensive driving skills can help you avoid the dangers caused by other people’s bad driving. here are some tips…
Stay focused. When your behind the wheel, make sure to make driving priority number one. You have a lot of things to think about when you’re behind the wheel: road conditions, your speed and position, observing traffic laws, signs and signals, following directions, being aware of the cars around you, checking your mirrors — the list goes on. Staying focused on driving — and only driving — is key.
Try to refrain from distractions like talking on the phone or eating. Never get overconfident in your driving abilities. All drivers need to remind themselves to stay focused.
Be alert & awake. Rest up before that big road trip. Being alert allows you to react quickly to potential problems — like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Obviously, alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) affect a driver’s reaction time and judgment. Driving while drowsy has the same effect and is one of the leading causes of crashes.
Play defense! (Watch out for your fellow drivers)
Anticipating what another driver might do and making the appropriate adjustment helps reduce your risk.
Part of staying in control is being aware of other drivers and roadway users around you and what they may suddenly do. For example, if a car speeds past you on the highway but there’s not much space between the car and a slow-moving truck in the same lane, it’s a pretty sure bet the driver will try to pull into your lane directly in front of you. Keep an eye on situations that could unfold around you.
Take a course. It may be a good idea to take a defensive driving course to help sharpen your driving knowledge and skills. You may be eligible for insurance premium discounts, “positive” safe driving points, or other benefits. These courses do cost money, but it’s worth the investment to be a smarter, safer driver.
The road can be a dangerous place. Be safe out there!
The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir