Getting into an accident can be a frightening experience and you want to make sure you are doing all you can to avoid one. However, accidents are often caused by the actions of other drivers. The best thing you can do is learn how to drive defensively.
Prepare for Road Conditions
In order to drive defensively, you should start preparing before you even step into your car. You will drive better if you understand what you will be facing while driving. Take some time to look over the conditions of the road. For example, in the winter you might want to see if the roads will be wet. Similarly, you can see if there is any construction in your area that could lead to complications. Another way you can prepare is to look over your route before you drive. This way you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect while driving and you will not be worried about where you are going.
Scan Your Surroundings
While on the road, you need to make sure you are constantly scanning your surroundings. An accident can be prevented if you’re keeping your eye out for any dangers. This can include drivers that are swerving or brake suddenly. You could also avoid an animal or a person suddenly coming onto the road. There can also be other dangers on the road such as a large pothole. If you are paying careful attention, you can increase the amount of time you have to react and you can reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident. Because drivers also occasionally run red lights, you might want to wait a second or two before proceeding through the intersection on your green light.
One of the most important ways you can drive defensively and prevent accidents is by avoiding all distractions. When you are distracted, you are more likely to be the cause of an accident and you will also have a reduced reaction time. First and foremost, you should make sure your phone is not a distraction. Turn off notifications and connect your phone to your car if you can. For example, if you are using your phone for navigation, hooking up to your car’s sound system can make it easier for you to follow along. In addition to limiting the distractions of your phone you must also avoid substances like alcohol and/or drugs that can inhibit your driving ability.
While you can’t control what other drivers do on the road, you can control the way you drive. When you drive defensively, you can protect yourself from getting into accidents.
If you have been in an auto accident, contact an attorney to help with your case.