Defensive Driving Tips for Accident Prevention

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Oct 23, 2015 in Auto Accidents

happy man drivingWith aggressive drivers threatening other motorists on the nation's roadways, drivers need to know how they can lower their risk of being involved in an auto accident.

One of the best ways drivers can protect themselves is to practice defensive driving.

Defensive Driving Tips

While traffic situations vary, drivers can utilize the following basic tips to improve their own safety every time they get behind the wheel.

Watch the road ahead of you. Looking far ahead down the road at all times will help drivers identify potentially dangerous situations quickly, so they can develop proper reactions. Drivers should always practice situational awareness and watch the roads as far ahead as possible to foresee hazards.

Always create an escape plan. To best protect themselves, drivers should always devise an escape plan for potential situations. While traveling, drivers should analyze their surroundings and devise an exit strategy for potential emergency driving scenarios.

Follow at a safe distance. Tailgating is a serious problem that can lead to fatal accidents. To minimize risk, drivers should always follow other vehicles at a safe distance. Safe driving distances vary by weather conditions:

  • If roadways are dry, a minimum of two seconds distance should be kept between moving vehicles.
  • If there is low visibility, a minimum of four seconds should be kept between moving vehicles.
  • In the event of inclement weather, at least six seconds should be kept between moving vehicles.
  • More distance between moving vehicles is always better!

Cut distractions. Today's drivers are faced with more distractions than ever before. To improve traffic safety, drivers should cut out distractions and focus on driving only. This means putting away cell phones, not adjusting the radio, and even leaving pets at home while driving.

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