• Nov
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    How Defensive Driving Can Help Prevent Car Crashes

    Preventing Car Crashes

    Defensive driving is a term that describes a specific skill set that is meant to help drivers avoid getting into car crashes. The theory behind the technique is that responsible drivers are vulnerable to encountering reckless drivers, drunk drivers, inexperienced drivers, and road and weather conditions that cause car crashes. By learning defensive driving skills and practicing them every time you get behind the wheel, you greatly enhance your ability to stay safe and avoid injury. The personal injury attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC know that defensive driving can help prevent car crashes, and are happy to provide you with these valuable tips designed to help you spot potential hazards and avoid them.

    Defensive driving is a method of operating a vehicle that focuses on avoiding danger and anticipating road conditions.  The National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course describes it as “driving to save lives, time and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” Though you may think that simply knowing and obeying the rules of the road is enough to keep you safe, studies have shown that by anticipating the dangers that may be around you, you can greatly improve your chances of avoiding a collision, even if it is caused by somebody else.  The top rules of defensive driving include:

    • Pay attention to what is going on around you
    • Don’t assume that the drivers around you are going to do the right thing. Drivers are unpredictable, and you need to be ready for the unexpected.
    • When in doubt, yield. If you’re not sure who has the right of way, give it up.
    • Drive the speed limit and make sure that you are always in control of your vehicle
    • Don’t drive when you’re tired or in any way impaired
    • Always wear your seat belt and shoulder strap
    • Don’t rush to make a red light
    • Follow all traffic rules
    • Make sure that you are looking ahead of you to see what is going on down the road. The more you are aware of what lies ahead, the better prepared you will be and the more options you give yourself.
    • Make sure that you have a safe space around you. The more space there is between you and the vehicles around you, the less chance of a collision.
    • Use your communication tools to make sure that drivers around you know what you are doing. These include turn signals, hazards. Make sure that your brake lights are in working order.
    • Know your blind spots and take special care about them
    • Avoid distractions like phones, GPS devices, etc.
    • When driving in extreme or unusual conditions, use extra care.

    These tips may seem like common sense, but a surprising number of those with whom you share the road do not follow them. Driving defensively can help you avoid an accident, but it is not a guarantee. If you have been in an accident and you have suffered an injury, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC for legal representation.

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