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Driving defensively to avoid motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2022 | Car Accidents

In Florida, there are many ways to keep yourself safe while driving and try to avoid accidents. While you cannot control the behavior and choices of other people on the road, practicing defensive driving can help minimize the chances that the actions of those other drivers will lead to a crash or other negative outcomes.

What to know about defensive driving

Defensive driving is the set of practices and techniques that provide the most protection against other drivers as well as issues like obstacles or bad weather. First, defensive driving involves always being on alert and scanning the area. Do not assume that other drivers are going to follow the rules and make the right choices when it comes to things like stopping at red lights; make sure that you see and observe that there are no cars coming, even if the light is red for other drivers.

Under defensive driving, you plan out the route and take things slowly while maintaining full awareness of the environment. The risk of motor vehicle accidents can never be completely eliminated, but a driver who is using safe habits will be less likely to get into an accident, and the impact of any accident should be lower if they do get involved in a crash. It is a matter of taking precautions and building those safety measures into regular driving habits so that they become second nature.

The road may be dangerous, but drivers can take action to protect themselves as well as their passengers with the right use of defensive driving. Keeping alert to their surroundings at all times can help drivers avoid accidents.