Defensive driving is a technique that can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident — and it works! Defensive driving assumes that you are a good driver and won’t cause an accident yourself through poor judgment, carelessness, stupidity, or inexperience. It also assumes that every other driver on the road is a homicidal maniac, that something unexpected is always about to happen, and that whatever is around the next corner could jump out and cause a wreck.
According to the National Safety Council, the following tips will help you increase your chances of reaching your destination safely:
•Never look directly at an approaching car’s headlights. Use the right edge of the pavement as a lane guide until the other car has passed.
•Be aware of any potential road hazards. Watch for cars that suddenly swerve from their lanes to avoid pot holes, construction barriers, or stalled vehicles.
•When driving on a highway, always be prepared for drivers to changes lanes suddenly in order to exit.
•Don’t let your emotions dominate your driving.
•Don’t drive when you are tired. If you feel tired, pull off the road for some exercise and fresh air or a cup of coffee.
•Drive a well-maintained vehicle.
Expect other drivers to make mistakes at intersections.
•When approaching a green light, be prepared for it to turn red.
•When you’re at a red light that turns green, proceedslowly. Look left and right before you drive through the intersection. Expect someone to run the light.
•Yellow lights mean “Proceed with caution”, not “Speed up” to get through the intersection before the light turns red.
•Turning right at a red light is not permitted in every state. Even in states where it is permitted, you must come to a complete stop first. Turning right is not allowed in some intersections. Watch for signs at the intersection.
Rules for passing another vehicle.
•Make sure you’re in a passing zone.
•Be certain there’s no oncoming traffic.
•Look at all your mirrors carefully before you make a lane change.
•Look behind you for any vehicles that might be trying to pass you.
•Be aware of any blind spots. Once the lane is clear, signal your move.
•Move into the passing lane, and accelerate to pass the car in front of you, moving back into the right lane as soon as it is safe.