BE SAFE! 7 Tips to help you drive defensively!

Written by Carrie Mae


 

 

Drivers--especially new drivers--should always be on the defensive. Always look out for the other guy and expect the unexpected.

How to do this? Try these helpful hints.

 

1) Think safety first. Avoiding aggression. Always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. And, please, always lock your doors and wear your seatbelt.

2) Be aware of your surroundings on the road. Check your mirrors frequently and scan road and sidewalk conditions ahead of you. Keep your eyes moving. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down to avoid it.

3) Don't depend on your fellow drivers. Assume that drivers will run red lights and stop signs, and be prepared to react. Plan your movements anticipating the worst-case scenario.

4) Adopt a "4-second rule". This means maintaining a safe distance that will allow you ample time to brake quickly, if necessary. And, in the case of bad weather, give yourself an additional second or two to brake.

5) Don't be a speed demon. Obey local speed limits. Keep in mind that the faster you drive, the more difficult it is to control your vehicle.

6) Always keep an eye out for an escape route or alternate travel lane. Make sure you have a safe place to move your vehicle in case of trouble.

7) Keep your distractions to a minimum. Avoid anything that keeps you from concentrating on the road ahead of you. Stay focused at all times.

And it's also a good idea to take a defensive driving course, like the excellent one offered online at Drive Rite Academy. The investment will be well worth it.

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