It is undeniable that the road can cause accidents no matter how you try to be safe. Whether you be a pedestrian or a driver of a vehicle, accidents can happen and in a blink of an eye emergencies can occur. Defensive driving is one way to prevent this from happening, keep these tips in mind the next time you’re on the road.
- Remove distractions.
Your dashboard may sometimes contain objects such as stuffed toys, dashcams, cellphones and even stickers. Assess your line of view and see if there is anything that distracts you from focusing on the road. If you are driving with passengers, let them know the importance of not having to disturb you or create unnecessary movement that may distract you from defensive driving.
- Stay focused.
After removing distractions from your line of view, yourself and take in your surroundings. Focus on the driving itself by looking at the side and rear view mirrors, and thinking about your path.
- Be alert.
When driving, always put yourself in the moment and be mindful and aware of your surroundings. Look at the road, the signs and the other cars driving with you. Do not drive when you are sleepy, or when under the influence of alcohol. Being alert is different from being awake, alert is defined by being aware and ready for any risks that may appear. Keep your windshield clear by polishing it with KevianClean Quick Wax.
- Watch out for other drivers.
No matter how safe and defensive you are on the road, other drivers may not be as safe as you. Do not only keep your eyes on the road but also on approaching vehicles. Follow the three to four second rule wherein you provide a safe distance from another vehicle so that there’s lesser chance of a collision. That little distance creates a huge difference on road safety.
- Do not overspeed.
It may sound a bit cliche, but overspeeding creates a lot of accidents because there is less time to adjust and prepare for any impact. Instead of rushing from one place to another, allot an ample time for travel so there is no need for overspeeding. When you are driving fast, chances are you and your car are unable to fully adjust when risks are present.
Defensive driving should always be practiced not only on long drives but every single time you take your car out. Safety is always better than being sorry, so be alert, focused, and stay within the speed limit, remember that rules were created for our own safety.