Mobile Tracking and Consulting Services thinks operating an automobile provides motorists with numerous benefits, but also puts the driver and passengers at great risk. Each year more than 30,000 fatal accidents occur on the road across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To ensure you are doing your part to lower that number, stay alert and practice defensive driving at all times.
Don’t Get Complacent…
Defensive drivers should never fall victim to overconfidence. It’s the responsibility of everyone on the road to create a safe driving atmosphere, and that includes you. Some drivers fall into the habit of assuming that while others are reckless and poorly skilled behind the wheel, they as individuals are without fault. No matter how impeccable your driving record, hold yourself to the same standards you hold other motorists to: buckle up, slow down and obey all traffic laws.
Keep Your Eyes Moving….
Don’t just focus on the narrow stretch of road immediately ahead of you. Similarly, don’t assume that just because you are driving under control that the drivers surrounding you are doing as well. Drivers who fail to take in the entire picture of the road in front of them often have to make last-second decisions, which may not allow enough time to react. Avoid this problem by constantly moving your eyes up and down the road, to the sides of the car and behind it.
Don’t Trust Turn Signals….
Be wary of all cars at all times, regardless of whether you see a signal flashing that indicates they are turning out of your path. Think of all the times you end up behind a car with a blinker flickering repeatedly as the unaware driver continues on straight ahead for miles. Never assume a turn signal is a trustworthy indicator of where a car is going. Avoid pulling out in front of someone when you suspect he is turning before he reaches you.
Don’t Assume the Other Driver Sees You…
Defensive driving involves ensuring other drivers see you, though never assume your efforts are completely successful. Your headlights are necessary in any difficult driving condition, including night driving, rain and fog. Turn on your headlights even if your visibility is fine in these conditions; they are just as important to help other people see you as they are to help you see.