Getting behind the wheel of your car may seem like a commonplace event, but it is likely to be the most dangerous thing you will do all day long. Although you can’t control the actions of other motorists, you have a great deal of control over how you operate your vehicle. That means you can increase your chances for a safe trip by following a few simple precautions. Defensive driving involves much more than on-the-spot responses when you’re in traffic. Here are some things you can do to stay ahead of the curve:
- Obey speed laws and traffic signals
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicycles, potholes, other drivers, etc.
- Stay at least 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. For driving in the dark- increase your following distance.
- Continually check your rearview and side mirrors.
- Turn on your lights when it starts to get dark.
- Take extra precautions in heavy traffic and around road construction.
- Maintain your vehicle, including tires, fluid levels, etc.
- Carry emergency repair and signaling equipment.