Defensive Driving Part Four

Submitted by: Brenda Williams

This is part four of our five part set outlining tips and strategies of how to become a better defensive driver when taking to the roads each day. Why should you become a defensive driver? Defensive drivers are safer when behind the wheel and are able to anticipate what other drivers around them might do with their vehicles. Hopefully the tips we discuss in this article and in the previous ones will help drivers on the roads today become better defensively and safer when behind the wheel of their vehicles.

The first tip we would like to offer up in part four of this five part set is to always share the road with others. You are not the only person driving the roads of the United States. Drivers today have to share the road with millions of other motorists, bicyclists, motorcycles, trucks, buses, vans, emergency equipment and construction equipment. If we can all get along while on the roadways and learn to respect one another then the roads will be a safer place to travel. Not all drivers keep a keen eye out for bicyclists and people on motorcycles, which is the reason for quite a few accidents. If everyone takes not of bicyclists and motorcycles while driving they will have a better sense of security.


Beware of congested areas when driving. A lot of congested areas also have openings in them where the traffic speed begins to pick up the pace a little bit. This is usually for only a little bit of time. The traffic might pick up around a curve but then come to a crawl only a half a mile or so up the road. Always beware of this. A lot of accidents happen this way. Drivers become too lax when the congestion opens up and they don t realize that it is slowing down again.

Drivers everywhere love to do it, but you should try to break the habit of tailgating immediately. Tailgating does not leave any room or time for a driver to stop their car at a moment s notice. If you are tailgating too closely to other drivers and they suddenly come to a stop then you have almost no reaction time or room on the road to react. Tailgating causes close to 40 percent of accidents in the United States today.

Along with tailgating, passing safely is another important aspect of becoming a defensive driver. You cannot control what other drivers do with their vehicles but you can control what you do with yours. When passing, make sure you do so in a safe manner. Use your signal when passing and do not pass in non-passing zones. Make sure there is enough room between the car you are passing and any oncoming traffic.

The final tip of part four of our five part set is to beware of slow moving vehicles. Slow moving vehicles in any circumstance can cause a traffic slowdown on the road and you should always be wary of them. Don t jump the gun and pass a slow moving vehicle right away. They could be hiding a danger on the road such as an animal or a piece of debris that you cannot see.

Part five will include tips for obeying pedestrian laws, securing loose objects on your car, choosing your safest route and always know your blind spots.

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