Do you ever feel like you’re gambling with your safety every time you drive? You know that another driver just has to make one simple mistake and you could pay the price. Accidents happen every day. The injuries you suffer could change your life. How can you stay safe and still take advantage of the convenience of driving?
Becoming a defensive driver
The key lies in becoming a defensive driver. It’s one thing to obey traffic laws and practice safety yourself. Defensive drivers take things a step further by acknowledging that others are going to make mistakes and/or break traffic laws. They go beyond their own obligation to drive safely. Here are some examples of defensive driving techniques:
- Leave a gap between you and the next car that is at least three seconds long.
- Always stay focused on driving, watching the road and traffic near your vehicle. Minimize distractions in your car.
- Never assume that another driver will do the right thing. You know they’re supposed to stop at that stop sign, for instance, but don’t assume they will. Wait at the intersection until you see them do it.
- Adhere to the speed limit. Never give in to tailgaters or aggressive drivers who want you to go faster.
- Always look for escape routes and think about what you’d do in an emergency.
These tips may help you avoid an accident, but sometimes another driver makes a mistake that is so serious there’s nothing you can do. If you are injured in the accident, you must know what legal options you have to seek compensation. An experienced attorney can help.