What is Defensive Driving?
Defensive driving is a common word that people hear a lot, but it’s not always clear what it means. It is the act of anticipating dangerous situations on the road before they happen in order to minimize the risks invovled.
Here are some tips on how you can be a better defensive driver.
1) Focus on the Task at Hand: Driving
The first step in becoming a defensive driver is to recognize that you have 100% control over your driving. You can’t rely on others on the road to make your safety a priority. That’s your job. So, wear your seatbelt, don’t drive aggressively and keep your full attention on the task at hand: driving.
2) Visualize Everything
Constantly scanning the road with one’s eyes is another habit of good, defensive drivers. It means checking the front, left, right and rear with all of your mirrors. Make sure you’re scanning far ahead, not just casually looking around you. It will give you time to react to any situation that could be coming your way. Keep your eyes peeled for any vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles or pedestrians even pets and wildlife that could present a danger to your vehicle.
3) Always Have an Escape Route
This means not following too closely and not getting yourself boxed-in. On multiple lane roads, such as freeways, go for the center lanes as they maximize your ability to go left or right.
4) Don’t Tailgate
Most driver instructors insist on leaving a two-second space between yourself and cars you are following. It doesn’t go far enough. Allow for at least three-to-four seconds of space between yourself and the car you are following and even more in poor weather conditions. Having a bigger cushion will allow you to react to any situation.
5) Don’t Speed
Your speed should always match conditions, which sometimes means the posted speed limit is too fast. Wet or icy roads or limited visibility may decrease the time you have to react to other drivers, so keep that in mind as you’re driving.
6) Don’t Become Distracted
A defensive driver is not a distracted driver. Anything that takes your mind off of the task of driving is a distraction and needs to be avoided. Put your phone down.
These are the basics of defensive driving. Most importantly, remember that you are in control of your outcome. Take matters into your hands and don’t rely on other drivers to always do the right thing.
In addition to being much safer, employing these practices will also help your auto insurance policy by helping reduce the number of claims on your file. At Vianca’s Insurance Agency we take pride in keeping our clients safe on the road with the right insurance coverage at prices they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you please contact our agency at (770) 293-0623 or Click Here to request a free quote.