Motor vehicle crashes are among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide. Statistics show that such crashes claim more than 40,000 lives each year while injuring many others. The obvious negatives to car crashes are the loss of lives, varied expense that occurs and the loss of time. Being distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and bad weather conditions are the top factors that causes so many car accidents. Nevertheless, there are simple strategies that every driver can adopt to cut down on the risk of collations, regardless of the situation, it is called defensive driving.
Driving defensively refers to driving with awareness and anticipation to possible dangerous situations. It means accessing the conditions of the road and the behavior of other drivers and always being on the ready to react and avoid crashes.
How to Drive Defensively:
Assure that your Car is in Good Condition: The first step in defensive driving is to make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive. Get into the habit of checking your car often for possible issues. Make sure that your tires are fully inflated and that your brakes are healthy. Check your wiper blades and keep your windows and mirrors free of debris.
Obey the Rules of the Road: Rules are implemented for a reason; to ensure order and avoid chaos. Always go at or below the speed limit, use your signals, wear your seatbelt and stop at stop signs and at red lights.
Be Alert: It only takes a second to be distracted. Be alert by always keeping your eyes on the road. Avoid activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eat or grooming.
Let others Pass: Don't let the drivers behind you bully you into going above the speed limit because they are in a big hurry. Let them pass you and continue on at a safe speed.
Be Aware: You want to get into the habit of watching the actions of the drivers around you. Periodically look behind, in front and at the sides of you. Being aware will allow you to spot potential situation and allow you to react before it happens.
Avoid Confrontation: It may take a lot of strength to avoid road rage confrontation, but your job isn't to argue, your job is to get to your destination without endangering your life and the lives of everyone around you, so avoid it you must. Accept angry cutoffs and abusive language from bully drivers and get as far away from them as you can.
Drive with Caution in Bad Weather: It is almost impossible to avoid driving in bad weather, when you are in that situation, drive with caution. Slow down, keep your windshield wipers on in rainy conditions and defrost to avoid fog. Also, turn on your headlights for maximum visibility.
Driving defensively doesn't mean that you have to drive anxiously; it simply means that you are driving in a manner that maximizes the control of potential situations. You never want to assume that the other drivers on the road are alert, aware and free of distractions. When you drive with the expectation of accidents, you will be prepared to react and avoid collisions.
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