Defensive driving is a method of driving that can keep
road traffic participants avoid an unfortunate event for as much as possible. The accidents are unpredictable happenings that can catch anyone off-guard when you least expect it. That's why the simple, yet so overlooked prevention methods need to be taken into consideration before going on the road. Here there are.
REGULARLY CHECK YOUR CAR'S CONDITION
You car is a mechanism that needs oiling from time to time. You should give it regular inspections by professionals from an auto service in your area. Good maintenance of your car is imperative, as many accidents could have been avoided if the respective cars would have been in good shape.
Aside from taking your car to an auto service from time to time, you should check its parameters every time before you go on the road. You should check the tires to see if there's any danger of a flat tire, you should check the oil, water and gas levels, and so on. Your car is your means of transportation, so treat it with respect.
DON'T DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE
I'm going to tell you a sad reality: one in seven road deaths happens because of driving under the influence. It could easily be taken out of the accident category, that's how preventable it is. It's sad to realize that so many persons could have been alive today if someone hadn't been driving under the influence. I mean, is it so hard to restrain oneself from drinking when with the car?
There's even a solution for people who go to parties with the car. Go in group, and in turn specify an assigned driver. That's the person who is not going to drink for the night, but the next time it will be a different one. Just don't put lives in danger because of the alcohol.
MAKE REGULAR EYE INSPECTIONS
Good vision is necessary for a driver, I needn't say that. You can't get your driver's license if you don't pass the eye test. So, if you have eye problems, make sure you wear your glasses when you drive. You can take them off whenever you want the rest of the time, but when you drive just put them on. Make regular inspections of your eyes, because as you get older your vision may be affected.
DON'T EXAGGERATE WITH THE SPEED
Even if you have a clear road ahead, don't exaggerate with the speed you're cruising at. High speeds deliver the most devastating accidents, and it's easy to see why. When too cars collide, the higher their speeds are, the greater the force that breaks them apart is.
Also, when you are going at very high speeds and you also have distractions like cell phones or fog, it's always easier to get involved in an accident because your brain can't process fast enough the informational feedback it gets from the environment.
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT
This simple yet so underestimated action could save your life. Always put it on and try to tighten it as much as you can. Many deaths happen because the driver didn't fasten the seatbelt, and the lack of the seatbelt increases your chances of being involved in a fatal accident.
DON'T TALK ON THE CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING
The cell phone is one of the leading causes of car accidents. This is because it distracts the driver from safe driving, and it causes lack of concentration. The road ahead is the thing that you should really be concentrating on. So, as a precaution measure, try to keep your cell phone conversations to a minimum when you are driving.
BE CAREFUL AT NIGHT
Driving at night is a lot more dangerous than during the day. Seeing that they have a clearer road ahead, many drivers think they can go as fast as they can. A recipe for disaster. At night time your vision is impaired, and consequently so are your reactions too. Driving at night is tricky, so be careful!
These are just a few prevention methods that everyone should be aware of for safe driving. So many accidents are preventable, that you can't help yourself from regretting that many drivers don't respect this basic defensive driving advice.