What Is Defensive Driving?

 

Have you ever been behind the wheel when an aggressive driver suddenly cuts you off without using a turn signal? If you hadn’t been paying attention and slammed on the brakes at the right time, you could have crashed into them – and the potential outcomes are almost too scary to consider.

In this situation, defensive driving techniques may have saved your life. Defensive driving is not only a catch-all term for “safe driving,” it’s a vital strategy designed to keep you safe on the road. Defensive driving focuses on paying attention to your surroundings, avoiding confrontations with other drivers, and following traffic rules.

Most drivers learn about defensive driving during driver’s education courses. However, many people drive recklessly, leading to thousands of preventable accidents every year. Keep yourself safe on the road with these basic defensive driving techniques.

 

The Three-Second Rule

 

You’ve probably heard of the three-second rule. This technique states that you should pass a stationary object on the side of the road no less than three seconds after the car ahead of you passes it. This keeps you from accidentally crashing into the car before you by providing enough time to react if they make a sudden stop or lane change.

 

Put Away Distractions

 

You should never be on your phone while you are driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, sending a text message while driving is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded. You never know what could happen in this timespan.

Aggressive drivers often make dangerous turns, stops, lane changes, and other movements suddenly and without warning. You lose life-saving reaction time if you’re not paying attention to the road when these actions occur. Whenever you drive, put away your phone and other distractions. Make sure to focus completely on the road at all times.

 

Follow Traffic Rules

 

You should always follow all traffic laws while you are driving. This includes yields, stop signs, light changes, and the speed limit. Speeding is a major factor in crashes, and the faster your car is going, the less reaction time you have if confronted with an aggressive driver. While on the road, always make sure to follow these regulations. They will be your first line of defense against driver aggression.

 

Always Yield to Aggressive Drivers

 

If you encounter an angry driver on the road, do not engage with them. These confrontations can easily turn dangerous. Simply let them drive by and continue with your day – they’re not worth your time. In case of an accident involving an aggressive driver, contact GT&B Law immediately.