In order to prevent a car accident, you must practice good defense. Some of this defense has to do with the state you keep your vehicle in. Other defensive driving tactics have to do with paying attention to how you and others are operating your cars on the road. Here are three ways you can keep yourself and those you care about safer on the road.
Perform Regular Car Maintenance
Keeping your car regularly maintained helps the car last longer and keeps you safe from some scary outcomes, like getting stranded someplace you don’t know or, even worse yet, in the middle of traffic during rush hour. Simple maintenance tasks, like keeping your tires inflated or changing your oil and paying attention to warning signs from your car like the check engine light help your car to stay in excellent condition.
Putting these tasks on a scheduled maintenance plan and staying on top of issues like the check engine light can help to keep your car running for a long time. Even better yet, maintenance lessens the likelihood that you’ll experience a scary breakdown at the most inconvenient times.
Aside from being just plain rude, tailgating puts you and others in danger. You can actually be pulled over for tailgating in many states. To prevent this eventuality, take a few common precautions. First, always stay three seconds behind the car in front of you. A good rule of thumb is to leave one car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour that you travel. Therefore, if the car ahead of you is going 20 miles an hour, then you need to leave two car lengths between you.
In addition, make sure that you don’t need to tailgate. In other words, if you’re tailgating because you’re in a hurry, then leave earlier so that you don’t put yourself in that predicament in the first place.
Watch Out for Red Light Runners
It’s normal to believe that once the light turns green, you can go. However, you may be putting yourself in harm’s way by doing this. Some drivers will run a red light, and if you’re in the intersection, even if you had the green light and the right-of-way, you’ll still get hit. Don’t be the one to run a red light. Studies confirm that 80 percent of collision incidents are a result of poor decision making. Obeying the traffic laws pertaining to this lessens the chance that you’ll get hurt by an inattentive or aggressive driver .
<p>In order to stay safe behind the wheel, you need to take the right actions to keep yourself and others safe when you’re on the road. Aside from keeping your car in good running condition, you also need to avoid unsafe behaviors like tailgating. You must never assume that you’re safe at a green light even if it’s your turn to go. Watching out for people who run red lights or who drive recklessly helps you to stay safer on the road in the long run. However, if you are unlucky enough to end up in an accident, make sure you don't leave the scene. As this attorney points out, leaving after hitting something, even just property, can constitute a hit and run. Make sure you are careful and responsible at all times.</p>
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