Defensive driving doesn’t happen overnight. It needs to be continuously worked at in order to achieve a high level of safety when driving.
By entering your vehicle, your mindset should begin to change on being more of a defensive driver.
Unfortunately, not every driver takes the same precautions and places such a high importance on driving defensively as you do.
Making sure you arrive at your destination alive, should be your top priority.
By following these defensive driving tips, you will be able to enjoy any journey you set out on:
- Be Prepared
- Stay Focused
- Stay Alert
- Vehicle Maintenance
Taking these tips into consideration, will lead to a better driving experience.
Being prepared doesn’t just mean that you remembered the items you need when arriving at your destination.
Being prepared also includes other aspects which have an impact on your trip. Aspects such as:
- Knowing your route
- Avoid being late
Firstly, know where you are going with regards to the specific route chosen. Are there any traffic issue on the route or any other road restrictions? What is the weather like in the area you are travelling to?
Secondly, avoid being late! Speeding is often directly linked to being late. People are worried they will not arrive at their destination in time, resulting in dangerous driving.
This can affect other drivers on the road as well as putting yourself in jeopardy while operating your vehicle.
Leaving your house earlier will alleviate time constraints, allowing you to drive more cautiously in order to reach your destination.
These defensive driving techniques need to be implemented before the trip even begins. Guiding you in the right direction from the start.
Remaining focused throughout the duration of your trip allows you to make critical decisions quicker. Defensive driving isn’t only about being reactive, it is also about being proactive.
Learning to let things go is part of being focused. You cannot dwell on other drivers and their reaction to situations on the road. Stay wary of them, but you need to focus on your driving. Expect other drivers to make a mistake.
By staying focused, you cut out complacency. Although you have experience driving, every driver eventually gets complacent. Buckle up, use your indicator and don’t take anything for granted.
This includes placing any items which may cause a distraction away before the trip starts. Ask your significant other to handle the children or address heated arguments for when you are not operating a vehicle.
Keeping a following distance of 3 or more seconds can be the difference between braking in time or being part of a collision. Give yourself enough time to avoid a dangerous situation.
Scanning is part of these defensive driving tips due to the relevance of making sure you always know what is happening around you. You need to continuously check your mirrors, look where other vehicles are, relative to you and stay one step ahead.
Keeping your attention to what is happening in front of you is still important, but by scanning your surroundings on a regular basis you can adjust to any situations which may arise.
Get into the habit of checking your blind spots when changing lanes, together with looking ahead to what is happening further down the road. Letting you be proactive and preemptive.
Even the smallest of mistakes can cause a fatal car crash. Do not assume just because the robot is green or arriving at a STOP street first makes the area safe. Always check what is going on around you.
Staying alert, although very similar to staying focused, is making sure you are in the right frame of mind or correct condition to operate a vehicle.
Essentially driving under the influence prohibits you from making the correct decisions in time. Being under the influence includes:
- Driving Drunk
- Being Tired
- Use of Drugs
Anything which may affect your skills to make the correct decisions as well as having an influence on the driver’s reaction time needs to be considered when behind the wheel.
Maintaining your vehicle starts with a pre-trip inspection. Allowing you to spot any safety hazards before the journey begins. This gives you the opportunity to fix any issues, preventing you from getting stuck while on the road.
Taking your vehicle in to have the necessary services and repairs is something that shouldn’t be skipped. Experts are assessing your car to improve your safety and the vehicles overall performance.
Addressing problems as they surface, prevents the issue from getting worse. If the problem is not addressed, it may cause complications down the road, which would lead to more expenses incurred to fix the issue.
Put the lives of and your loved ones first by implementing these defensive driving tips the next time you enter your KWID. It could be the best decision you ever make.