There is inherent risk when driving. No matter how careful one drives, there is always a chance that a car accident can happen. Even the safest driver cannot always protect themselves from reckless motorists.
Even though one cannot control the actions of other drivers, there are steps one can take to better protect themselves from injury. Listed below are important driving tips.
Be Aware of Surroundings
The first step is to pay attention to the road. A driver can react faster to emergencies if they keep their eyes on the road in front of them and both hands on the wheel. Reckless drivers can come out of nowhere, creating a dangerous situation. Alert drivers need to see it as soon as possible to avoid a possible collision.
Being alert will also help in noticing dangerous drivers who do not appear to be paying attention, swerving on the road, stopping quickly, and acting in ways that might suggest they are impaired. In these scenarios, the best step is to get away from the reckless vehicle as fast as possible. Either pass the vehicle or slow down so that the dangerous motorist can drive on. If there is clear evidence of intoxication, call 911 immediately and report the vehicle. This will help get the driver off the road and protect everyone else.
Do Not Speed
This is similar to being aware of one’s surroundings and paying attention. When a motorist is going too fast, even if they are driving safely, it limits the ability to react to reckless drivers or emergencies. Driving the speed limit will allow enough time to react to a car pulling out in front or even a car in front stopping short. Many accidents are caused by someone driving too fast.
Assume other drivers will violate the rules of the road and make mistakes. Driving defensively means driving with the assumption that other motorists will run through stop lights, run through stop signs, change lanes without looking, or make other dangerous mistakes. There are many drivers on the roads who are distracted, using their smartphones, responding to texts, changing the radio station, and a myriad of other actions. When a defensive driver is looking for and expecting these mistakes, they can react to them quicker.
Aggressive drivers can be extremely dangerous. In some cases, a motorist will experience a road rage incident. The best way to deal with aggressive drivers is to be patient and calm. When coming into contact with an aggressive or road rage driver, responding back to them with more aggression usually worsens the situation.
Do not take the other driver’s negative behavior personally. Being a patient driver means letting aggressive drivers pass by. Trying to teach a driver a lesson is not worth the danger and risk.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Be aware of blind spots both in the vehicle and also in other cars. Take extra care, and look twice when switching lanes or making turns. Also, being aware of other driver’s potential blind spots could prevent a collision.
Oftentimes, smaller vehicle passengers will not be aware of truck drivers’ blind spots. Commercial trucks have certain blind spots on them, and the truck drivers cannot see vehicles passing them. To be a safe driver, it is important to be cognizant of those blind spot areas when passing by large trucks.
Limit Rush Hour Travel
Traveling during rush hour is sometimes unavoidable, but if it is possible to miss rush hour traffic, the alternative route will be safer. During rush hour traffic, there are more frustrated drivers and potentially more road rage incidents with aggressive drivers. Leaving either a half hour earlier before rush hour starts or a half hour after the typical end of rush hour will increase the likelihood of a safe trip.
Be Mindful of Time
Be mindful of how much time it takes to get to a destination. Leave with more than enough time to get there, and factor in having to deal with any traffic issues and other emergencies. When people have more than enough time to get where they are going, usually they are more patient and drive safer.
Use Safety Precautions
Taking safety precautions may not prevent another driver from blowing a stop sign and causing an accident, but using safety precautions might prevent serious injuries. Using a seat belt every time is the best and easiest way to prevent severe injuries. Even minor fender benders can cause a driver or passenger who is not wearing a seat belt to become severely injured.
A seat belt can potentially prevent a head injury or another serious injury. Putting a seat belt on every time is an easy habit to get into. Also, wearing a seat belt is the law in every state.
What are Examples of Reckless Driving?
There are many ways that a person can drive recklessly, but here are some of the most common reckless driving actions:
- Driving too fast.
- Driving too close to the vehicle ahead.
- Distracted driving.
- Running stop lights and stop signs.
- Not yielding to other vehicles on the road.
- Not using turn signals.
- Braking too quickly.
- Impaired driving.
- Drivers not following construction signs and following adjusted speed limits.
- Using vehicles that are improperly maintained.
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