Defensive Driving Can Save Your Life

Anticipate Hazards and Actions of Others

  1. PAY ATTENTION: Stay alert and make a mental note of anything that may make your  journey less safe. Know where you need to go before you get there. Keep an eye on the drivers around you.
  2. ANTICIPATE what they might do. Follow the rules of the road
  3. STAY OUT OF BLIND SPOTS: Defensive drivers make themselves aware of potential blind spots and make it a point not to stay in a blind spot any longer than they have to. 
  4. COMMUNICATE CLEARLY: Communicate your driving intentions very clearly to other drivers. Use turn signals before making a turn or changing lanes and be sure to turn it off immediately after the move has been made. Any time you can do something to let another driver know what you’re planning to do, it makes you both safer.
  5. SAFE DISTANCES: Following another vehicle too closely causes many accidents. Always keep 2-3 seconds of space between you and the driver in front of you, and increase that to 3-4 seconds if conditions call for it.
  6. CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS: Be aware of how changing weather and road conditions may affect your ability to brake or stop your vehicle. Slow down and remain alert when bad weather or poor road conditions arise.
  7. MAINTENANCE: Keep your vehicle maintained properly and do not drive when a problem with the vehicle may cause it to be unsafe. Driving on worn tires or with bad brakes, for example, can affect your ability to stop quickly. Repair mechanical problems in a timely manner so that it functions at its best.


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