Did you know that each year in the US, there are over 6 million car accidents? And, that over 3 million people are injured each year due to car accidents?
While car accidents are quite common, the good news is, there’s plenty that you can do to prevent accidents from happening.
One of the best things you can do is drive defensively. What does it mean to be a defensive driver?
Check out this guide to discover the top defensive driving techniques you need to know.
1. Reduce Driving Distractions
Reducing driving distractions is one of the most important things you can do to drive defensively.
From GPS systems to satellite radios to cellphones, there are all kinds of things that can distract us while we’re driving. Not to mention, driving with pets or children, or eating while driving can also be major distractions.
To be a better driver, you must do what you can to eliminate these distractions. If you’re tempted to look at your cellphone when driving, keep it somewhere out of reach. Or better yet, turn it off until you get to your destinations.
If you have a pet, make sure you keep it in its crate when driving. As for kids, we suggest letting them play on iPads or allowing them to watch a movie while you drive so you can focus on the road.
2. Follow the 3-Second Rule
Did you know that rear-end collisions are the most common type of car crash in the US? Every year, around 1.7 million rear-end collisions take place in the US.
One of the best ways to prevent rear-end collisions and drive more defensively is to follow the 3-second rule. With this rule, you pick a stationary object on the side of the road.
Once the back of the vehicle in front of you passes this object, start counting. If you get to three before your vehicle reaches this object, that means you need to give the driver in front of you more space.
Also, if you’re driving in treacherous weather or an area with poor road conditions, we suggest adding another second or two to this rule.
If you get in an accident due to a rear-end collision, you should check out this guide to learn things to do after a car accident.
3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Defensive driving isn’t just about paying attention to the car in front of you. It’s about paying attention to everything going on around you.
When driving, you should frequently do quick checks in your rearview mirrors and side mirrors. If you spot a vehicle that’s driving aggressively near you, either slow down or pull over.
Also, make sure you’re keeping an eye out for cyclists, pedestrians, and animal crossings.
Defensive Driving Techniques: Time to Drive More Defensively
Now that you know these defensive driving techniques, it’s time for you to start using them while on the road. Pretty soon, you’ll be a better, safer driver.
Be sure to check back in with our blog for more road safety tips and tricks.