How to Drive Defensively to Avoid a Crash

Woman driving a car defensively

Defensive driving is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident. People who utilize defensive driving techniques are more likely to spot mishaps before they occur and make adjustments to avoid collisions.

Defensive Driving Techniques

The following list provides information regarding how to utilize defensive driving tactics in order to reduce your risk of being involved in collisions on the road:

  • Stay alert at all times. Avoid driving while you are tired or under the influence of certain medications that cause drowsiness. Tired driving reduces your reaction time, your road hazards awareness, and your ability to remain attentive to the road. In fact, studies show that driving after experiencing sleep deprivation is just as bad driving while intoxicated with alcohol.
  • Pay attention. Keep your eyes on the road and avoid distracted driving at all costs. Keep your phone out of reach or on driving mode so you aren’t tempted to view notifications. Constantly scan what’s ahead of you so you are prepared for unexpected road conditions.
  • Check your mirrors. This is just as important as consistently scanning the road ahead of you. Check your side and rear-view mirrors frequently so that you are aware of the cars behind and to the sides of you. If the driver behind you is tailgating, move over so they do not become agitated and engage in road rage behaviors.
  • Leave lots of room. A general rule to follow here is to remain at least one car length distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you for every 10 miles per hour (mph) of speed you are traveling. For instance, if you are going 60 mph, leave 6 car lengths between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This way you have plenty of time to react if you suddenly have to stop the car.

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