People who drive for a living — limo drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers — often undergo defensive driving as part of their professional development, but defensive driving doesn’t have to be limited to driving professionals. Everyone can benefit from learning how to drive defensively.
Driving defensively won’t assure that you are never on the receiving end of a fender bender, but it can help to decrease your chances of calling the police, a tow trunk, and your insurance agent. Watch IntersectionsIntersections are a prime place for accidents. From people trying to beat a yellow light to those who flat out run red lights, intersections are where danger often intersects with safety. Defensively speaking, accidents can’t always be avoided at intersections, but using caution when approaching may help to decrease the risk.
The best way to do this is to make sure those who have a red light are actually stopping. When your light turns green, instead of gunning it right away, take a few moments to glance from side to side, making sure the cars with a red light realize they have one.Be Careful in Bad WeatherDriving defensively in bad weather may take a back seat to driving offensively. After all, you might be busy simply making sure you don’t cause a wreck, but being aware of the cars around you can also help reduce the chances of a fender bender. In icy, snowy, or slushy weather, it’s best to assume cars will slide.
At intersections, stop signs, or parking lots, drivers may find themselves pressing on the brakes, only to realize they are not stopping. Always assume they aren’t going to stop. Before you proceed through an intersection or a stop sign, make sure another car isn’t going to slide right through it. Be Weary of Those Who SwerveWe all know not to drink and drive, but unfortunately, some people don’t heed this law. They get behind the wheel after three drinks or twenty and take to the roadways. Their logic, vision, and reaction time are all compromised, making them an ideal person to cause an accident. There is no real way for you, the defensive driver, to avoid them.