Various Defensive Driving Techniques For Drivers

Defensive driving requires a driver to always be thinking ahead. A driver must be aware, alert and be ready to handle any driving situation that may take place. 

We compiled some defensive driving techniques for all drivers and in various driving situations. 

Whether you are new to driving or a seasoned veteran, these techniques are good to know! 

Road Conditions, Traffic and Road Construction

While traveling you always want to be prepared in regards to road conditions, heavy traffic or road construction. If you are using a GPS, there will typically be alerts letting you know about the traffic patterns as you drive. A GPS will also help give you alternative routes so you can avoid driving through heavily congested areas. 

When driving in various weather conditions, you always want to adapt to the current road conditions. If the roadway is snow covered and icy, you will want to account for that. Driving in the rain, you will want to slow your speed to avoid hydroplaning. 


Road Signs and Paying Attention To Them

Road signs not only let drivers know what is happening on the road, they keep drivers safe. Always pay attention to road signs. Signs such as the road’s posted speed limit, stop signs and yield signs. Ignoring road signs can put a driver and other drivers at serious risk. 

Accidents and injuries can occur. For example, imagine a driver ignoring a yield sign and you are driving along minding your own business, and ‘WHAM’, the other driver blew through the yield sign and crashed right into your vehicle. Situations like that can easily happen and they happen every day all over the world. Paying attention to your surroundings while driving is crucial. 


Think Safety First

Being able to control your own aggressive and inattentive driving tendencies will make it easier for you to deal with other people’s reckless driving. Make sure you have plenty of room between you and the leading car. In order to prevent being thrown out of the car in an accident, you should always lock your doors and fasten your seatbelt.


Always Pay Attention

Always try to look 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. That way you are always prepared for whatever driving conditions lay ahead. Pay attention to other drivers on the road, keep an eye on their behavior and make sure that they are driving safely. If you ever find yourself in a position where another driver is being aggressive, simply slow down and try to remove yourself from the situation. If you are on the highway and this happens, it may be best to simply exit the highway safely and re-enter after a few minutes pass. 


Cut Out The Distractions

When operating a motor vehicle you want to remain in control, have a clear mind and focus as best you can. Never use a cellphone while driving and try to refrain from eating while driving. When there are multiple people inside of a moving vehicle, at times, it can be easy for the driver to get distracted. If you are engaged in a conversation while driving, make sure to always be watching the roadway and scanning to make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times.