Using safe driving practices will not only keep you safe, it will also save you money. In some countries, many insurers offer reduced premiums for drivers who have never had an accident or have enrolled in an approved safe driving course. Learn how to drive safely abroad!
1. Focus and keep your hands on wheel. Defensive drivers pay attention to road conditions and put their hands on steering wheel for 10 and 2 o'clock respectively. They will not do other things while driving (some things are illegal), including:
2. Look at six roads. Constantly keep an eye on your side and rear view mirrors, keep a close eye on road ahead, and watch out for hazards and slow traffic so you can anticipate problems before they happen.
3. Be vigilant. Do not drive if you are tired or distracted
4. Increase traffic. Most drivers know that speeding is main cause of accidents, but driving too slowly can also be dangerous. Maintain same speed as most vehicles.
5. When entering a section of road with heavy traffic, use two-second rule to maintain required distance from vehicle in front.
6. Let others see you. Many accidents happen because drivers don't notice other cars. There are some easy ways to get attention and make drivers around you safer, including:
7. Allow violence. Some of behavior of aggressive drivers may annoy you, but such retaliation is dangerous. You must respond to intense rage with a conservative attitude. Here are a few strategies you can use when faced with certain aggressive behaviors:
8. Adapt to road conditions. Dizzy rain can also be dangerous, especially in early spring when water mixes with oil on road surface, making it slippery. The faster you drive, the more likely your tires are to lose traction, so slow down in bad weather. It is also a defensive driving technique.
9. Knowledge of traffic rules. Flip through Department of Transportation brochure and memorize rules of road. It provides guidance on right-of-way, road signs, traffic rules, and contains tips for safe driving.