Things can get crazy on the road out there. Whether there is heavy rain, strong sunlight, or another force of nature, we usually learn one thing: nature doesn’t care about our plans! Weather aside, there are still some crazy drivers out there. We’re sure you’ve seen them; people driving 30 mph over the speed limit, crossing 3 lanes at once to take the exit, etc. With all of these hazards abounding, priority number one has to be to keep yourself safe. The best way to do this is through defensive driving. Defensive driving refers to a series of habits and behaviors designed to get you to your destination in one piece. Here are the most important things to consider:
Always expect the unexpected
Anything can happen out there on the roads. Instead of allowing yourself to be caught off guard, become comfortable with the idea that anything can happen at any time. In doing so, you will stay alert and ready for anything to potentially come your way-- from torrential rain to a deer crossing. You never know!
Maintain your distance
You may or may not have heard, but the rule of thumb is: stay one car-length behind the car in front of you for every 10 mph your car is going. For example, if you are on the highway going around 70 mph, you should allow enough space between yourself and the car in front of you that seven of your car lengths could fit in between. This ensures that there is a safe distance for you to brake if you need to react suddenly and prevent an accident from occurring.
You’d be surprised how prevalent texting and driving still is, despite all of the tragedy that has occurred as a result of it. Texting requires you to shift your focus to the phone, removing your eyes from the road in front of you while you are in a 2,000+ pound vehicle with a forward motion. Even if you look back in time to notice a hazard, the second you spent staring at the phone can make all of the difference.
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