Defensive Driving Tips
One of the best ways to prevent accidents, avoid injuries and save lives is to learn defensive driving.
In fact, defensive driving has become so highly valued that in some cases courts remove traffic tickets or reduce fines when drivers complete a defensive driving course and present a completion certificate to the judge. The following are just a few important defensive driving tips:
- Eliminate distractions. Do not:
- talk on your cell phone
- text message
- read text messages
- engage in grooming
- read maps
- adjust radio channels
- change a CD
- recalculate a GPS
- become involved in other distractions that take your attention off the road
- Do not tailgate. Following other cars too closely can lead to rear-end collisions.
- Do not speed. Speeding is a prevalent cause of accident deaths.
- Do not drink and drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol impairment causes about one in three traffic accident fatalities.
- Avoid lane changing. Many accidents occur when cars change lanes, often due to blind spots and not seeing other cars.
- Do not fixate on the car ahead. Fixating on the car ahead can blind a driver to other dangers. It is best to have your attention on the horizon and that way you are more aware of all the traffic around you.