Unless you’ve just graduated from a driver’s education course, it has probably been a while since you heard about “defensive driving.” Defensive driving is defined by the Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations as “driving to save lives, time, and money, despite the conditions around you and the actions of others.” In short, we like to think of it as the best strategy to get you where you need to go safely. Here’s how you can brush up on your defensive driving and stay safe.
Plan For The Unexpected
At the very core of defensive driving is driving in a way that is not disturbed by other distractions. Plan for poor weather and drunk, distracted, or otherwise bad drivers, and you will be a pro!
Be Aware Of Others On The Road
Be ready for the unexpected by following the speed limit. Note the speed limit and stick to it. Keep a safe distance behind other drivers so that you have enough reaction time to make smart decisions in a difficult situation in the event of an accident.
Be Alert and Ignore Distractions
This can be one of your best defenses against poor driving techniques. Put your cell phone down, or even on airplane mode, to avoid receiving notifications. Eat any food before you get on the road. Find a playlist or radio station and stay on it. Fiddling with your music can pose a major threat to your safety and others. Prepare yourself for your trip before you get on the road to drive safest.
Do Not Expect Others To Do What You Would Do
Remember that not everyone is following this strategy. Others haven’t had the same education and may not make the best decisions on the road. Defensive driving is the best way to prepare you for other drivers who are ill-prepared.
Remember Mistakes Happen
Like every other technique, defensive driving is not foolproof. If you find yourself in an accident, use our free estimate tool! We work directly with all major insurance carriers, and we provide a lifetime warranty on all repairs. Click HERE to find a location nearest to you!