When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important that you follow the rules of the road. You should also drive defensively, which means anticipating potential hazards. But how do you practice defensive driving? These tips should help you become a better defensive driver.
Stay alert and avoid distractions. To drive defensively, you need to be aware of your surroundings. That means you shouldn’t drive when you’re not alert, so avoid any possible distractions. This includes your phone, radio, or eating while driving.
Keep a safe following distance. You need plenty of space between you and the car in front of you so you can stop with enough space to avoid a collision. Consider following the three-second rule. It should take you at least three seconds to catch up with them if they come to a full stop. Increase this time to six seconds if it’s nighttime or if there’s bad weather.
Drive at a safe speed. Speed limits exist to keep you safe. Staying within this range will allow you to anticipate potential hazards easily.
Check your mirrors. Being aware of your surroundings is imperative to defensive driving. Continually check your mirrors so you know where pedestrians, other vehicles, and other obstacles are at all times.
The vehicles at High River Toyota have many safety tools installed to help you become a safer driver.