Avoiding traffic hazards is one major part of driving, along with knowing how to deal with bad drivers on the road. Proper defensive driving techniques will help prevent an auto accident by avoiding the dangers caused by other drivers. KidsHealth recommends staying focused, firstly. Be aware of traffic laws, signs, signals, and check mirrors frequently. Do not let distractions such as eating, calling or texting take your eyes off the road. Staying alert and focuses is paramount when driving. Alertness helps you react quickly to problems. If you are tired or under the influence, your judgment and reaction time decreases.
Try to anticipate what other drivers will do by keeping distance between you and drivers that are taking more risks. Safety is first when driving, so checking your mirrors often and scanning conditions ahead while keeping your eyes moving will help you avoid a crash. If there is a driver near you that is noticeably reckless, take the next exit. Never assume a driver is going to make a proper driving move, and plan for the worst-case scenario. By having an escape route, you are less likely to get involved in a dangerous situation that is harder to get out of. Also, be aware of weather conditions and how they effect the speed you should be driving. If you think you could benefit from a defensive driving class, get in touch with your local Department of Motor Vehicles which can help connect you with a driving instructor.Tweet