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Driving Defensively

Accidents are an unfortunate part of everyday life, and we often find ourselves affected by them, whether it is being involved in the accident itself or getting stuck in traffic as a result of them, or simply passing them by on your commute. As drivers, we become accustomed to seeing them so frequently, that we usually don’t think anything of them. If we took the time to think about accidents, however, we would realize that the majority of these could be prevented. 

It is impossible for us to predict every circumstance that will happen, and we cannot control what other drivers do on the roads, so it is unlikely that we can prevent every accident that occurs. However, if we prepare for multiple outcomes and act accordingly, we can greater decrease our chances of being involved in an accident.

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How to Drive Defensively

Once way that we can decrease our likelihood of experiencing a car accident is by driving defensively. There are many ways to do this, but by simply changing a few of our driving behaviors, we can accomplish much safer commutes. 

Staying Focused

One way to stay safer on the road is to stay focused on the task at hand: driving. Make sure that you are well-rested when you get behind the wheel, and limit distractions while you are operating any vehicle. Distractions come in many forms, such as other passengers, loud music, and handheld devices. Keeping your focus on the road instead of these will keep you more alert and safer. 

Reacting to Other Drivers

Interacting with other drivers on the road is a given every time you drive. Reacting to them calmly, giving the right of way instead of taking, allowing plenty of following distance, and predicting their moves are all ways that you can drive defensively.

Being Mindful of Road Conditions

Road conditions also play into our safety while we are driving. Allowing for extra time so you don’t need to race in the rain, being mindful of potential debris around construction sites, and keeping an eye out for other hazardous road conditions all decrease our chances of being involved in an accident. 

There are many things we can do to be safer by driving defensively. You may not be able to prevent every accident, but you can lessen the chance of being involved in one. If you do find yourself in an accident, contact Eric Blank Injury Attorneys today. 


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