The key to avoiding a collision in today’s day and age is to drive defensively. Learn more about these defensive driving techniques to keep you safe on the road.

Driving in a defensive manner will help you avoid unnecessary accidents. You will always expect the unexpected and therefore be prepared for any situation you face out on the road.

Other road users speed or drive too slowly. Some road users wander from lane to lane as they aren’t paying attention to the road. Using a mobile phone can also cause another driver to become distracted.

Unfortunately, you can’t control what other drivers do out on the road. However, you can control what you do, and how you react to a situation.

Continue reading for our top six defensive driving techniques to keep you and your family safe when you are out on the road.  

1. Always Think Safety First

Don’t ever drive while tired, angry or distracted. This alone will ensure you are able to deal with other people driving badly. 

Everyone in your car should be wearing their seatbelt or be in the correct car seat for their age. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front in case of any sudden braking or lane movements.

2. Follow the Speed Limits

Each road has a speed limit for a reason. Speeding is not only illegal but also puts you and others at risk of harm if you do crash. If you are driving too fast, you have less time to react to potential hazards then you would if you were driving slower.

3. No Distractions

Stay alert at all times while driving and ensure you don’t become distracted by passengers or the environment.

Do not use your cell phone while driving and if you need to take a call then pull over if it’s safe to do so.

One of the biggest distractions is accidents on the other side of the road. Be very wary about looking at the accident, as all other road users will be doing the same instead of focussing on the road. 

4. Be Aware of Surroundings 

Check your mirrors frequently so you know exactly how close the car is behind you in case you need to brake suddenly. Also, know the whereabouts of cars to your side in case you need to move lanes to avoid a hazard.

5. Be Weather Smart

Moving vehicles take longer to stop in wet or icy weather. If you are driving in either of these conditions, leave more space then you usually would when it’s dry.

If there are severe weather warnings for your area, it’s best to stay off the road and remain at home.

Follow our safety tips during winter

6. Maintain Your Vehicle

Maintain your vehicle throughout the year so it is always safe to drive. Check your tire pressure, tread depth, oil, and brakes often. 

Follow Our Defensive Driving Techniques

Follow our defensive driving techniques to ensure you and your family remain safe while in the car.

Most importantly, remember to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.

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