Accidents involving vehicles on New York highways are on the rise, so learning the basics of defensive driving can save your life. It can also help you to keep your friends and loved ones out of danger. Here are some of the basics of defensive driving you need to know about.
Plan ahead to avoid accidents
Many of the worst motor vehicle accidents that occur on New York roads can be prevented. The key to doing so is learning the principles of defensive driving. You have to do more than just protect yourself from other drivers’ actions in real time; you also have to be able to think far ahead in a way that anticipates hazards.
Pay attention to your surroundings
All too many accidents come about as the result of drivers not paying enough attention to events around them. You need to always keep your focus on the road and on the actions of other drivers. Always check your mirrors and look all ways before you cross an intersection. Paying attention is the best way to stay safe.
Use your brakes early
There are many things that can cause a car accident, by using your brakes can help prevent a crash. This can be to avoid spinning out in a slippery spot on the road or slowing down to keep from getting too close to a car in front of you.
Don’t respond to provocation
Many car accidents are due to “road rage.” Keep your cool on the road and never respond to anyone trying to provoke you. Slow down to let them pass or whatever else you need to do to avoid them.
Don’t let yourself get distracted
Keep your eyes on the road. Don’t fiddle with your cell phone or the radio. Watch other drivers and the signs ahead of you.
Staying focused and free of distractions is the key to safety. With caution and a cool head, you should be able to avoid the majority of actions that lead to car crashes