The world is full of distracted drivers and Southeastern Massachusetts is certainly no exception. So many people around us are rushing around, multitasking, trying to squeeze in all of their errands on top of their regular work/ home schedules. Staying aware and practicing defensive driving is a great way to decrease your chances of being in a car accident.
Tips For Defensive Driving
Stay alert. Being alert (not sleepy or under the influence) allows you to react quickly to potential problems — like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Driving while drowsy can have the same effect as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and is one of the leading causes of crashes. So rest up before your road trip.
Be aware of your surroundings. Check your mirrors frequently and scan conditions ahead of you. Keep your eyes moving. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down or pull over to avoid it. Also, always keep an eye out for pedestrians, bicyclists, and pets along the road.
Keep your speed down. Posted speed limits apply to ideal conditions. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your speed matches conditions. In addition, higher speeds make controlling your vehicle that much more difficult if things go wrong. To maintain control of your vehicle, you must control your speed.
Beware of Distracted Drivers. More than ever, people are paying less attention to the road while driving, and too much attention on others things like their phones, eating, etc.. The best defense against this is to be super aware and cautious in your own driving, and to look out for errant drivers before they can impact you.