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Defensive Driving Techniques

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While it may not be practical to expect that you’ll never be involved in a fender bender, there are some techniques you can use to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.

Read on to learn about defensive driving practices.

How To Drive Defensively

  • Stay alert and focused. Don’t drive when you’re groggy or intoxicated. You need your best possible reaction times while you’re on the road. In addition, always maintain focus when you’re behind the wheel. Neglect your distractions, because if you don’t, you’re putting yourself and those around you in serious danger.

  • Don’t expect others to follow the law. People break laws all the time for all sorts of reasons. Don’t be caught off guard when someone makes an illegal maneuver around you. Expect the unexpected and do all you can to predict other drivers’ movements.

  • Always consider safety. It’s important to keep safety in mind at all times. Try to keep your own aggression at bay and avoid aggressive drivers. Be sure you lock your doors and put on your seatbelt to stay protected in the event of an accident.

  • Leave lots of room between your car and the one ahead of you. A good rule to consider for leaving plenty of room between vehicles is to give yourself one car lengths distance for every 10 miles per hour (mph) of your speed. For instance, if you’re going 60 mph, you should leave six car lengths between your car and the one in front of you.

  • Don’t speed. Speeding increases your risk of being involved in an accident tenfold. While it may be tempting at times to speed, avoid it at all costs in order to protect yourself and those around you.

  • Always have a way out. Don’t drive with vehicles on all sides of you. Make sure you leave enough space between vehicles so that you’re not trapped should you need to get out of a sticky situation.

We Can Help

If you’ve been involved in an injury-sustaining car accident, our attorneys here at Witherington Injury Law are here to help. Let us provide the support you need. Don’t hesitate, contact us with your case right away.

Call Witherington Injury Law today at (615) 697-6503 for a free consultation.