Too many motorists drive their cars in much the same way they take a walk. To many people, driving is simply a way to get from point A to point B and not much thought is given to the driving part that happens in between. But driving defensively should always be a priority to insure a safe journey for everyone on the highway. Here are some good things keep in mind so that you can be a safer driver.
To be a safe driver you must be alert to the driving environment and be ready for changes that you may need to react to. While driving, many people have gotten into the habit of looking directly in front of the vehicle and no further. The driving environment goes far beyond the area directly in front of your car, you must look further ahead as far as possible so that you can be aware of possible hazards long before you need to act.
The reasons for being aware of the driving environment and looking far ahead are to give you time in case a situation develops that requires you to take action. With that in mind, you must always be thinking of ways to avoid bad situations. Formulate an escape plan in your mind that considers unexpected possibilities like a dog running out in front of you or a nearby car having a blowout and swerving in your direction. Having an escape plan in mind could help you get out of a bad situation some time.
Modern technology has introduced drivers to one of the biggest threats on modern roads. Cell phones have increased the number of distracted drivers across the country. You can’t possibly be a safe driver if you insist on using your cell phone while at the wheel. What ever it is can wait, don’t drive while using your cell phone.