Most people spend part of every day in their car, sharing the road with drivers whose skills may leave a lot to be desired. The car coming up to pass on the right could be driven by a 17 year old talking on the phone. The car in front might be driven by a young mother whose attention is focused on the kids arguing with each other in the back seat. There might be a truck coming up in the rear that 's driven by a guy who's been driving far too long and is very tired. It's close to a miracle that anyone gets home safely.
Nothing can be done to make other drivers more responsible. However, employing defensive driving techniques can provide an edge that might be all that is needed to prevent an accident. Regular use of these techniques could save your life.
1. Don't Become Distracted
Distractions are one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Assume that all of the other drivers around you are busy eating, talking, texting, changing the station or falling asleep. Someone needs to be paying attention to what's going on.
2. Don't Focus on the Car in Front
Keep eyes on the horizon instead of the car directly in front. If there is a problem farther up the road, there will be extra time to adjust.
3. Intersections and Lane Changes are Dangerous
Be prepared for someone to suddenly cut in front. If there's an exit coming up, someone may well speed up and cut in front just to get to the off-ramp 5 seconds sooner. Don't be a lane changer yourself unless it's absolutely necessary. Many rear end accidents happen as a result of an unexpected lane change. At intersections, check to be sure someone isn't going to run the red light.
4. Blind Spots
Every vehicle has blind spots. Be cautious that another driver isn't in yours. At the same time, be careful not to be in someone else's blind spot.
5. Don't Tailgate
Tailgating drastically reduces the time needed to respond to an emergency. The 3-4 seconds lost because of tailgating could prove to be the difference between life and death.
6. Don't Make Eye Contact With Other Drivers
That could be all that is needed to trigger a road rage incident with a psycho behind the wheel. The easiest way to avoid being the victim is to avoid making eye contact and driving on.
If you find yourself needing a car accident lawyer in spite of your best efforts, the attorneys at Bighorn Law can help you