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Defensive Driving: 4 Tips to Keep You Safe

When it comes to driving safely, there are always new strategies to implement into your driving routines. Being able to drive defensively is one of the most practical and valuable skills to maintain, especially if you drive others around for a living. Rideshare drivers, these tips go for you, too! Keep reading below.

  1. Remove Your Distractions

Distracted driving is one of the most prominent causes of car accidents and wrecks. Distractions while driving can include: eating, texting, talking on the phone, a dog moving back and forth, and more. Limiting the number of passengers and level of activity in a moving vehicle is another way to remove distractions. There are several more ways to remove your distractions.

  1. Stay At Least One Car’s Distance Away

Following too closely to another driver is not only unsafe, but it is also against the law! You can and will get a ticket for following another car too closely. Keep in mind that it does not hurt to brake early! Keeping your distance from those who are not driving defensively (i.e. dangerous drivers) will prevent you from getting into an accident, as well as from receiving a traffic violation.

  1. Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Road rage is something that some drivers cannot control, however, it is best to remain calm and proactive if you sense an angry driver around you, or if you are beginning to feel frustrated about traffic or another driver. Typically, road rage causes a ripple effect on close by drivers, so it is important to play it cool in traffic and other driving-related scenarios (such as someone cutting you off). Those who are time-crunched in the mornings and evenings tend to contain the most road rage, so planning your drives ahead to beat traffic is a great way to be proactive and dodge those angry drivers.

  1. Scan, Scan, Scan

Scanning your surroundings helps prevent cars that fly by out of nowhere. It is difficult to know what is going on around you at all times, especially while driving, so it is vital that you scan your surroundings, including all intersections, highways, cars changing lanes, etc. Scanning the road around you and ahead of you will help you see hazards, signs of trouble, upcoming accidents, and what is going on in your side and rearview mirrors. It is recommended to refrain from staring at something for longer than 2 seconds while driving.

Driving defensively is a key skill that ALL drivers should want to acquire. Defensive driving is about being proactive on the road. It is also imperative that drivers are aware of their surroundings while driving and continue to scan any upcoming traffic, accidents, or hazards. Additionally, removing your distractions is a great way to get in the habit of driving defensively.

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