High-risk drivers are well-known road dangers—so much so that insurance companies use this term to help them make decisions when drafting policies. As people multitask by talking on the phone, texting, or checking messages, eating, or even watching TV while driving, inattentive or distracted driving is becoming more of a concern. Here are some top tips for defensive driving in any situation.
When you’re driving, you have a lot on your mind, like road conditions, your speed and location, traffic rules, signs, signals, and road markings. You also have to follow directions, stay alert of the cars surrounding you, and check your mirrors—the list goes on. It’s vital to be focused on driving—and only driving—if you want to drive safely. Distractions, such as talking on the phone or eating, impair a driver’s ability to detect and respond to potential difficulties. It’s not just young drivers who are at fault; experienced drivers can also become overconfident in their abilities and allow their driving skills to deteriorate. All drivers must remind themselves to maintain their concentration.
Being attentive (rather than tired or inebriated) allows you to react swiftly to potential hazards, such as when the driver in front of you slams on the brakes at the last possible moment. Alcohol and narcotics (including prescription and over-the-counter medication) obviously impair a driver’s reaction time and judgment. Drunk driving has the same effect and is a common cause of car accidents. So, before your road trip, get some rest.
Watch Out for the Other Guy
Staying in control includes being aware of other drivers and road users around you (and what they might do unexpectedly) so you don’t get caught off guard. If a car passes you on the highway and there isn’t much room between the car and a slow-moving truck in the same lane, the driver is almost certain to try to slip into your lane directly in front of you. Anticipating what another motorist could do and making the necessary adjustments might help you minimize your risk.
We hope this article has helped your better understand some of the crucial tips for defensive driving in any situation. While it can be difficult to drive effectively all the time, practicing these skills in a consistent manner is sure to help you keep yourself and others safe on the road.