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How Does One Become A Good Defensive Driver [10 Tips]

Here are 10 tips on how to be a defensive driver:

 
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Follow the “three-second rule,” which means you should stay at least three seconds behind the car in front of you. This allows you time to react if the other driver makes an unexpected move.
  • Always use your turn signals when changing lanes or turning. This lets other drivers know your intentions and helps them anticipate your actions.
  • Keep an eye on the rearview mirror and check your blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Always look for potential hazards, such as pedestrians, bicycles, and other vehicles.
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions, such as texting or using your phone while driving.
  • Obey all traffic laws and signals, including speed limits and stop signs.
  • Use caution when driving in adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or fog.
  • Avoid tailgating, which is when you follow too closely behind another vehicle. This can lead to a collision if the other driver has to brake suddenly.
  • Stay in the right lane except when passing other vehicles.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and ensure all passengers in your vehicle also wear seatbelts. This can help protect you in case of an accident.