There are people who are aggressive drivers and those who are defensive drivers. As a defensive driver, you're much more likely to avoid trouble on the road like being pulled over for moving violations or getting into accidents with other vehicles.
Here are five defensive driving tips to keep you safer:
- Put safety above all else. Every decision you make as a driver should be based on your safety. If there's any question about whether you should do something, avoid it. It's better to be safe than sorry.
- Watch your surroundings. You only have control over your vehicle, but that doesn't mean you can't carefully watch what's happening around you. For example, if a person shows signs of aggressive driving, create more space as to avoid a confrontation.
- Slow down. This is as simple as knowing the speed limit and following it. Don't get into the habit of driving too fast, even if you're in a hurry.
- Plan your route in advance. If there's more than one way to reach your destination, take the safest route based on your knowledge.
- Avoid distractions. Defensive drivers always focus on the road, nothing else. Don't text, eat or drink, smoke or converse too much with passengers.
It's unfortunate, but even defensive drivers can be involved a serious car accident. If this happens, do the following:
- Move to safety and check yourself for injuries
- Call 911
- Receive treatment at a local hospital
- File an insurance claim
- Learn more about the cause of the accident
When you do these things, you're in better position to stabilize your health and to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.