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Do you consider yourself a defensive driver?

Traveling on the roadways can sometimes cause apprehension for many drivers. Because you cannot always predict what actions another traveler may take, you could easily find yourself involved in a serious accident that results in your injury. Of course, you may want to do your part to avoid such incidents if possible in hopes of avoiding such injury to yourself and your family.

Defensive driving could potentially help when it comes to working to avoid car accidents. Therefore, you may wish to determine whether you yourself fall into the category of defensive drivers. If you feel uncertain about what actions could help your defense on the road, you may wish to consider these suggestions.

Check the weather

Before heading out on your travels, you may want to begin with checking the weather. If the forecast indicates a chance of rain or other inclement weather, you may want to adjust your travel time or route accordingly. Giving yourself additional time to accommodate for slower traffic may help you from feeling rushed, and by knowing that the roadways may have more hazards, you may also know to remain cautious of other travelers.

Be on the lookout

In order to remain cautious of other individuals on the road at any time, you want to remain aware of your surroundings. Checking your vehicle's blindspots, looking for motorcycles and other small vehicles, scanning intersections and other similar actions could help you maintain an awareness that could lessen your likelihood of getting caught off guard and potentially involved in a crash. Anticipation could help you remain on the defensive.

Maintain proper following distance

Many accidents take place simply because a driver brakes suddenly and the vehicle behind it collides with the rear. If you maintain enough following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle traveling in front of you, you should have enough time to stop your vehicle in the event that the other car suddenly stops or takes other unexpected action. Additionally, you should remain conscious of when you should brake your vehicle in order to give other drivers enough time to adjust their speeds.

Remain on the defensive

You may understandably become irked while driving if another individual acts in a rude or otherwise inappropriate manner on the road. However, you should not let their actions negatively impact your driving. If other drivers begin to need defense against you due to your aggressive actions, you could find yourself in a great deal of trouble.

Of course, even if you do practice defensive driving techniques, you could still end up involved in an injury-causing accident due to another person. In such cases, you may wish to look into potentially filing a personal injury claim in order to pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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