For Safety, Always Use Defensive Driving Techniques

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  2. July 11, 2013 9:20 pm

For Safety, Always Use Defensive Driving Techniques

It is easy, especially for new drivers, to forget they also need to watch out for other vehicles. Accidents happen when a person gets distracted in some way.

Key defensive driving techniques include keeping alert, keeping focused and minimizing distracted driving. Distracted driving happens when a parent tries to hand a toy or snack to a child crying or fussing in the back seat, when the driver gets into a heated debate with a passenger or when trying to consume food or drink a beverage while keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Distracted driving that has led to laws in many states against the practice, is the use of a cell while driving. Cell phone use leads to divided attention while driving, with subsequent accidents that injure and kill.

Safety First
A key defensive driving technique is both simple and easy, yet many ignore this important technique that has saved countless lives. Buckle up. The driver, passengers and every child should be properly buckled in. For babies and young children, this includes car seats and boosters.

Follow Laws
Safe driving techniques means driving defensively. Drivers drive defensively by obeying traffic laws, staying within the posted speed limits and watching out for the “other” drivers. Defensive driving means staying far enough behind other cars to prevent an accident should breaks be applied suddenly and without warning.

Consider Road Conditions
No matter how good a driver may be, road conditions change the dynamics of driving. A defensive driver considers the condition of the road and adjusts speed accordingly. What a driver can’t see can cause accidents. This is especially true of fog, rain, snow and ice. During bad weather, slow down and, in really bad weather, stop and get off the highway until weather conditions improve.

Defensive driving techniques save lives.

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