Defensive Driving Tips

Defensive Driving Tips

Driving on the road today is one of the most dangerous things you do—especially on a daily basis. Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to be able to walk everywhere we need to go, so you’ll want to make sure you’re as safe as you possibly can be in your vehicle.

Defensive driving is perhaps one of the most effective ways to stay safe on the Illinois roads. Read on to learn some tips for defensive driving.

Driving Defensively

  • Focus - Since driving relies heavily on your thought processes, it’s of the utmost importance for you to be as focused as possible on the road. When you’re driving, you must consider the following, among many other things:
    • Road conditions
    • Speed and location
    • Traffic laws
    • Signs
    • Signals
    • Road markings
    • Following directions
    • Awareness of those around you
    • Checking your mirrors
  • Be alert - You need to be alert in order to be able to react to changes on the road. This means getting enough sleep before driving, as tired driving is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than driving while intoxicated. When you’re driving, leave your other thoughts behind and pay close attention to what’s going on around you.
  • Remember, no one is perfect - If you’ve ever had to drive amongst other vehicles, you know that people make mistakes while driving. It can be fairly easy to overlook a vehicle in your blind spot or to not see a stop sign that has tree branches growing in front of it. That’s why you can’t expect people to follow all the laws, all the time.
  • Constantly think about safety - Safety is the most important element on the road. Avoid aggressive and inattentive driving practices so that you’re better able to handle it when it comes from others. Be sure to always lock your doors and wear a seatbelt so that you aren’t thrown from your vehicle in the event of an accident.
  • Pay attention - Check your mirrors often and keep an eye on what’s happening 20-30 seconds in front of you. Consistently scan the road. If you notice an aggressive driver nearby, let them pass or get off the road if they’re particularly dangerous. When driving the streets, keep a close eye on pedestrians, bicyclists, and pets along the road.
  • Leave lots of distance between cars - The best way to do this is to leave one car lengths distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you for every 10 miles per hour (mph) of your speed. For example, if you’re traveling at a rate of 60 mph, you should leave at least six car lengths between your car and the one in front of you. That way you have plenty of time and space to slow down and/or stop if the car in front of you makes an unexpected maneuver.
  • Don’t speed - Since speeding is the leading cause of fatalities in the United States, it should always be avoided. It may be tempting at times to increase your speed above the posted speed limits, but this is not a good idea. Your risk of being involved in an accident significantly increases when you’re speeding. For everyone’s sake, drive at safe speeds.
  • Leave yourself a way to escape - Never drive in other vehicles’ blind spots and don’t allow others to drive in your blind spots if you can avoid it. You should always have somewhere to go in the event there’s a hazard up ahead. You should never be “boxed in” with cars on all sides of you.
  • Put away your distractions - Unless it’s an emergency and you need to contact 911, you should never use your cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatalities in the United States, and part of the reason is due to smartphones. However, your dog in the passenger’s seat can also distract you, as well as the hamburger you’re eating from the local fast-food joint. Don’t allow your distractions to overcome you, because the consequences can be fatal.

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