Biker Blog » Top Tips for Defensive Driving

November 6th, 2015

Here at the law office of Alfred McDonald, we see the victim of accidents on a daily basis. We see the unfortunate toll accidents take on their victims. We work tirelessly to protect the rights of accident victims. We wish we could prevent accidents all together. In an effort to help keep the streets of Tucson safe, we offer a few easy to adopt defensive driving techniques.

Keeping an Eye Out

This is one of the best ways to stay safe out on the road. It might come off as commons sense. Of course you are going to be keeping an eye out while you are driving. We are asking you to keep an eye way, way out.  Pay attention to what is happening far out ahead of you, even miles ahead. As humans, we can only react to things so quickly. If you see problems coming ahead of time, you can be prepared deal with them. Look for accidents, traffic, and construction, anything out of the ordinary.

Have an Escape Plan

This is one of the most important tenants of defensive driving. Always have a way out. Make sure you are not boxed in by other cars out on the high way. You can always anticipate what is going to happen on the road, but you can put yourself in the best position possible if something bad does happen. Give yourself a lane to merge into, room to stop, or space to perform an evasive maneuver. You never know when someone else’s tire is going to blow out, or when someone ahead of you hits a patch of ice and loses control. With an escape plan, you can be ready when the unexpected happens.

Watch Your Speed

All of these techniques play off one another. Speeding not only puts you at higher risk for being involved in an accident, it also increases the severity of the accident if it does occur. The faster you are going, the less time you have to perform a defensive maneuver. The faster you are going, the harder it is to control your vehicle. By driving the speed limit, you make things safer for you and everyone else out on the road.

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