Safety Tips for Cautious Drivers

Driving is the leading cause of accidental death in America, and most people don’t realize how possible it is to get into an accident until it happens to them. Unfortunately, despite constant warnings and steep fines, people tend to drive dangerously, drive under the influence, and text while driving all the time, sometimes leading to expensive tickets, and sometimes leading to tragic bodily harm to themselves and others.

You can be one step ahead of vehicle-related disaster by being a defensive driver and always having driving caution be your number one priority (over answering that text, finishing up that phone call, getting there on time, and teaching that other driver a thing or two). But how can you practice safe driving on the road? What do you need to keep in mind? Here’s  a quick list of the 5 most important facts any safe driver will never forget:

driving5. If you’re skidding, turn into it.

Even the safest drivers can find themselves unexpectedly hydroplaning on a highway or skidding to a stop when another driver in front of them does something unexpected. If you find that you’ve lost control of your vehicle, remember to look and turn in the direction that you want to go.

Sounds simple, but it’s often difficult in panic-ridden situations to look away from the oncoming tree, car, or whatever you might be about to have a close-call with. Just point with all your might towards the safest path and hope that your traction will catch in time; it’s honestly the best you can do.

4. Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.

Oldest trick in the book, and perhaps the most ignored as well. Tailgating is commonplace and extremely dangerous and is responsible for everything from fender benders to major accidents on heavily populated roads. Your reaction time is going to have a certain human limit, so be sure to leave some car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you  to make up for that.

3. Look ahead.

It’s easy to be short-sighted when driving and look only at the space a few hundred feet in front of you. If you pay attention to what’s really coming up ahead instead of only the merge, intersection, or block where you’re driving, you’re more likely to notice any possible issues and have more time to react accordingly. The key to reacting in time is noticing dangerous situations as early as possible.

2. Don’t multitask.

Texting, drinking, reading, eating and all kinds of other activities shouldn’t be done while one is behind the wheel… period. A huge proportion of accidents are caused by inattentive drivers who finally chose to pay attention to the wrong thing at the wrong time.

elderly driver1. Remember how stupid everyone else is.

Unfortunately, all you can assume in this world is that the people around you are inattentive, careless, incompetent, distracted, and overly aggressive drivers. That means it’s up to you, and you alone, to not get hit by another car and suffer whatever traumatic injury comes with it. Defensive driving perspectives are especially important to remember when that jerk cuts you off…

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