Speed Management

Let’s take a look at some safe driving practices! Safe driving practices such as speed management, space management and avoiding distractions while driving. These are all very important defensive driving techniques to learn as they will keep you and others safe on the road. 

 

The 3-Second Rule

The 3-second rule is a driving rule that helps drivers maintain a safe following distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. 

Here is how it works, while driving you pick a fixed object on the road ahead. You can pick a telephone pole, traffic sign or anything stationary. When the vehicle in front of you passes that object, start counting ‘one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three. If you find that you are passing that very same object before you are done counting, you are following the vehicle in front of you too closely. This is one of the best ways to always maintain a safe following distance. 

While the 3-second rule is a great way to ensure you maintain a safe following distance, you also need to factor in road conditions, weather conditions and visibility and adjust your speed and following distance accordingly. 

 

Avoiding Distractions 

Distractions are more common in this day in age than ever before and because of this, distracted driving is at an all time high. Distracted driving is not only against the law, it can have serious consequences. You can receive a traffic violation, costly fines and the worst consequence of all, you could cause a serious accident. 

 

Here are a few examples of distracted driving and how you can avoid them. 

 

These are just a few of the more common reasons as to why a driver would be distracted. Distracted driving causes tens of thousands of accidents each and every year. As a driver, you have the responsibility to yourself, your passengers and to other drivers to always maintain focus on the road and your surroundings while driving. 

 

Managing Your Speed

Managing your speed is a very simple task while driving, but it’s one of the biggest issues drivers have. Why is that? Drivers often drive over the posted speed limit and this is never a good idea. Not only is it against the law, it’s unsafe.

Distracted driving, fatigue or just lack of paying attention is the most common reason as to why a driver doesn’t manage and maintain the appropriate speed. In order to always maintain the legal and appropriate speed while driving, you want to be aware and cautious of your speed at all times. Simply make it a point to check your speed more often than not. You don’t have to check your speed every other second, but at least once or twice a minute is a good rule of thumb.