Driving defensively is the right way to drive. If you practice defensive driving, you will be prepared for unexpected events occurring on the road. Doing so enables you to manage safety yourself, instead of other drivers. Following are some tips for defensive driving.
Look Further Down the Road
Watch out for what is further down the road. Ensure you look further down the road as far as you can see. The distance should be in miles instead of few feet away. Do not just pay attention only to the vehicle in front of you, but all the other vehicles in front, and the oncoming traffic down the road. By doing so, you can instantly react to the nasty surprises.
Watch Out for Surroundings
Keep monitoring your side mirrors and look down the road to be wary of any hostile or careless drivers, as well as possible obstructions down the road. It is vital to maintaining awareness of any pedestrian or cyclists. Take extra vigilance in during school hours, in a crowded area or during weekends.
Safe Distance from Other Vehicles
In order to have enough reaction time or space to escape if other vehicles sudden stop, remember to keep a safe distance from other drivers in front of you. A good rule is a three-second rule. Select a fixed object on the road; when the vehicle in front of you pass that object, count to three. If your bumper passes by that object less than three seconds, then you need to slow down and expand the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. In snowy, rainy or dark conditions, you should increase the count and distance to ten seconds.
Do not multitask when driving on the road. Do not eat and drive at the same time. In addition, adjusting radios, making phone calls, texting and not focusing on the road can prove to be dangerous. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and crashes. Texting may seem inconsequential, however that split second loss of attention can bring about a possible disaster. Do not let such behavior dominate your driving, stay focus with undivided attention on the road.
Ensure the position your vehicle is visible to others, and anticipate when you will have to swerve or turn. Do not drive in other driver’s blind spot. Expect situations such as a car moving into your lane, a person runs a red light, or if the driver in front brakes and stop suddenly. Look out for few escape routes. For instance, if the next door lane is available, you can drive along the shoulder. You can slow down or speed up to achieve these escapes.