Defensive driving is all about continuously driving safe to reduce danger associated with driving.
Here are some useful defensive driving tips:
- Stay focused. Keep your hands on the wheel at all times.
Keep your hands on the wheel at all times. The usual recommended hand position is 10 o’clock – 2 o’clock position. This will help you to prevent any unexpected accidents. Make you sure you avoid:
- Applying make-up
- Petting animals
- Tending to a child
- Texting and operating a cellphone
In addition to these make sure you adapt to road conditions especially during heavy rains and other unexpected situations. It is also important to familiarize yourself with traffic rules and regulations.
- Keep your eyes moving. Never get distracted.
Continuously keep your eyes moving and continuously keep looking at the side mirrors to avoid any unexpected road accidents.
- Control your emotions. Have a clear mind.
Make sure you stay off the wheel if you are stressed out, tired or feeling emotional towards a certain situation. Work life or personal it all could end up in one unpleasant situation.
- Speed Kills. We all know this.
Most drivers know that speeding is a major cause of accidents, but driving too slow can be dangerous. Drive at speeds that most other vehicles are going. Tires lose their grip at higher speeds, so slowing down in inclement weather is a fundamental defensive-driving technique.
- Prevention is better than cure. We’ve all heard this.
Make your vehicle visible on the road. There are few simple ways to make your presence known, making the road safer for everyone. Make sure you do the following:
- Turn signals: Use your turn signals to let other drivers know where you’re going. By using your blinkers, other drivers will be able to anticipate your actions and slow down safely.
- Headlights: Turn on your headlights at dusk or anytime it is raining. This is more for other drivers to see you than for you to see the road.
- Brake lights: Operational brake lights are a safety must. They warn cars behind you that you’re slowing down, signaling them to reduce speed.
Drive safe. Stay safe!