The techniques of defensive driving are a critical component of success in the world of safe driving. If you want to make yourself safer and (try) to stay accident-free, employ the techniques of defensive driving when you’re on the road.
Defensive, Not Offensive
When you’re on the road, don’t get in a hurry and think only of overtaking other drivers. If you get in the mindset of trying to “beat” the cars on the road, you’re more likely to create dangerous conditions for yourself while driving. Instead, you should focus on driving defensively.
Driving defensively means that your attention should be entirely on getting safely to your destination. If someone tries to overtake you and pull in front of you, don’t try to box them out. Just apply the brakes and let them go about their business.
Distracted driving is as bad as driving under the influence.
Make sure you keep your undivided attention on the road ahead of you and stay aware of what other drivers are doing. If you’re trying to text, messing with your radio, or turning around and talking to passengers, then you’re more likely to be in an accident.
Try putting your phone on airplane mode whenever you get in the car. Those texts and calls can wait until reach your destination!
No Need to Hurry
Don’t be so concerned with racing ahead and trying to shave minutes off of your commute. There’s no reason to get in a big rush. If you’re stuck in city traffic, you’re not going to outrun traffic patterns anyway. If you’re on the highway, it’s better to be safe than to try to make your drive a few minutes shorter.
While you can’t control the behavior of other drivers, you can take steps to mitigate the risks inherent in traveling by car. Drive safely, drive defensively, and get there in one piece.