1. DON’T EXPECT OTHER DRIVERS TO FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD
2. DRIVE AT THE CORRECT SPEED FOR THE CONDITIONS
3. ALWAYS USE SAFETY RESTRAINTS PROPERLY
Adults and older children should always wear seatbelts. Younger children and babies should be properly secured in appropriate child safety seats.
4. USE SIGNALS WHEN TURNING OR CHANGING LANES
Always use your signals when turning and changing lanes, but don’t expect others to be so careful. Keep a lookout for cars that seem like they might be turning or changing lanes, even though they have not put on their signal. For example, if you see somebody speeding up and looking to the right, they may be looking to change lanes.
5. KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM CARS IN FRONT OF YOU
Follow the “3-second rule,” which states you should be far enough away from the car in front of you that you have a full 3 seconds to stop if necessary. At highway speeds, this means that you should allow about 3 car length. In icy conditions, this should be doubled.
6. WATCH FOR BLIND SPOTS
Always be aware of your blind spots, and when you may be in another driver’s blind spot.
7. BE PREPARED FOR THE WEATHER
If snow is expected, make sure your car has “snow tires” or all-weather tires. Never use your cruise control in snowy weather.
8. USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS CORRECTLY
Only use high beams on unlighted roads, and be sure to turn them down when oncoming traffic approaches. Use your headlights when visibility is poor such as in stormy weather or on winding roads.
9. HANDLE TAILGATERS APPROPRIATELY
Increase your speed to add distance between the vehicles, and as soon as possible, move to the right and let the tailgater pass. Say no to “road rage.”
10. SEE THE WHOLE ROAD
Scan road conditions way ahead of you so you can be prepared. Look to slowing traffic, intersections, construction, closed lanes, merges, and erratic driving.
10 DEFENSIVE DRIVING TIPS
Using the 10 defensive driving tips in this article will help you avoid accidents. Mature drivers often forget the 10 defensive driving tips they learned when they got their license. Make sure to pass along these 10 defensive driving tips to everybody you care about. It saves lives.