If you constantly pay attention to the road, look out for other drivers, and follow speed limits and traffic signs, chances are you are a defensive driver. Defensive driving is the practice of implementing certain driving techniques and behaviors into one’s personal way of driving.
A common denominator between all defensive drivers is focus. It is easy to get distracted behind the wheel due to a long ride, but staying off the phone or away from food while you drive may be just the ticket to saving someone’s life. Many people hold the belief that teenage drivers are less focused on the road; however, those who have driven for more than 5 years or so will often begin to tire of it and sometimes lose their focus in the process.
When driving on any road or highway, it is crucial to observe the following:
- Speed Limits
- Traffic Signs and Signals
- Road Conditions
- Surrounding Traffic
- Blind Spots
Staying Aware of Your Surroundings
Staying alert can also help keep the roads you drive on safer. The more time you have to react to a situation, the less likely you are to get into a car accident. Avoiding alcohol and getting enough sleep helps ensure you will be more alert to catch a pedestrian crossing the road or avoid a traffic offense.
And the most defensive part of defensive driving is paying heed to everyone else on the road. If two reckless drivers meet at a 4-way stop, chances are that both will go at the same time and increase the likelihood of an accident occurring. If one of the drivers practices defensive driving, the chances of the accident happening are slim to none. Defensive driving is about anticipating the next move and minimizing the chance of collision altogether.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident due to another driver failing to practice safe and defensive driving, contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.