8 Simple Defensive Driving Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

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  1. 1. 8 Simple Defensive Driving Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road
  2. 2. Avoiding Potential Conflicts On any given day, your experience behind the wheel can range from uneventful to dramatic, which is why defensive driving is so important. Knowing how to avoid or defuse potentially dangerous situations can help keep you a great deal safer on the road, and possibly prevent an incident that could raise your auto insurance premiums. Section Name 2
  3. 3. How it Starts It all begins innocently enough; you get cut off in traffic by a discourteous driver and, depending on your mood at the time, either look the other way or grossly overreact: You lean on your horn Gesture at the offending motorist Tailgate Swerve from lane to lane Risking injury or death trying to prove a point. Section Name 3
  4. 4. Dont react in like In other words, just because some guy cuts you off, dont chase him down in response. Or, if he gestures rudely, avoid responding with the same gesture. Things can get ugly really fastand, you could be putting your life, the life of someone riding in the car with you, or the lives of innocent motorists at risk by your behavior. Let the other driver go. It isnt worth it. Section Name 4
  5. 5. Dont get in the way Avoid driving in the fast lane unless youre driving the speed limit or above. If someone comes up fast on you, get out of the way. Signal and move over to the next lane. No one voted you King of the Road or appointed you Cop for the Day. So, it isnt your job to slow other motorists down or to impede them just because theyre speeding. This may only infuriate already aggressive and angry drivers. If they want to get past youlet them. Section Name 5
  6. 6. Dont try to take the right of way Even if you have the right of way, should another driver challenge you for it, dont insist on going for it at any cost. Yield anyway. The whole idea, here, is to avoid a confrontation and get home safely. Proving youre right isnt. Section Name 6
  7. 7. Dont ignore your surroundings Always be aware of whats going on around you by being aware of your surroundings. Dont allow distractions, such as texting, talking on a cell phone, applying lipstick or any other activity to take your eyes off the road. If an aggressive driver is nearby and is irritated by your behind- the- wheel behaviorit could set him off. Furthermore, it could keep you from noticing cars braking ahead or put you at an unsafe disadvantage. Section Name 7
  8. 8. Dont be overconfident We all rate ourselves as excellent drivers. Some of us are slightly misguidedand, fall short of that. Therefore, dont overestimate your driving ability. Speeding and cutting in and out of traffic can prove to be quite dangerous, especially in bad weather. Know your limitationsand, those of your car. Section Name 8
  9. 9. Dont be afraid to take a defensive driving course You might be surprised at how much of your good driving habits and ability have decreased over the years. Dont look at it as embarrassing look at it as a way to improve your driving skills and to save some money on your auto insurance, since most insurance companies offer discounts for completing the course. Section Name 9
  10. 10. Dont drive if tired or drowsy Food for thought: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 56,000 crashes a year are caused by drowsy drivers. You dont want to join that club. Sleepy drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers and the outcome is usually the same. Take a nap before heading out. Drink some coffee and get some fresh air every few miles. And, if none of it is workingpull over and get some sleep. Stay alert and stay alive. Section Name 1 0
  11. 11. Cool is the rule The way you approach your daily commute will dictate how well it goes. Stay cool and calm, even if traffic is bogged down. Listen to calming musicnot political talk. Be smart and avoid getting angry, no matter what. And, leave the aggressive driving to the other guy. Just stay out of his way. Section Name 1 1
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