Driving a vehicle always requires vigilance to avoid an accident. While you cannot predict the behavior of other drivers, your diligence in developing responsible habits may improve your safety on the road.
Even if you do end up in a car accident, knowing how to drive defensively could minimize the impact and protect you from more severe injuries.
Honor the speed limit
People die from traffic accidents every day in the United States. In fact, according to NBC, fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents reached a 20-year high in 2022. Speed is one of the most common causes of collisions. Despite how well you feel you can handle speed, ignoring the posted limits raises your risk of crashing exponentially.
Speed can also jeopardize your ability to control your vehicle if you encounter slowing traffic or a road hazard. Honoring the speed limit gives you maximum control of your vehicle.
Stay alert and aware
Distraction is another major cause of car crashes. Things like texting, eating, programming your GPS, talking with passengers and drowsiness can all distract you and slow your response to hazards. Similarly, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause impairment.
The more aware you are of your surroundings, the more capable you will be of maneuvering your vehicle with precision and control. If you do end up in a car accident because of another person’s negligence, you should document the entire accident scene including the point of impact, traffic signals and any other relevant evidence.
Putting in a diligent effort to drive safely may be the only difference in your ability to avoid an accident or come out of one alive.