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Six Defensive Driving Tips All Teens Should Know

If you’re driving defensively it means you’re ready for anything that comes along, which allows you to react more quickly when other drivers do something unexpected. If you can make these basic tips part of your daily driving routine, you’ll have a much better chance of staying safe on the roads and keeping your car running smoothly.

Watch Traffic A few Blocks Ahead

Try to watch what’s going on a few cars ahead of you. If you notice tail lights a block away, you’ll be more ready to slow down when you get there, even if the car in front of you hasn’t started slowing down yet.

Go with the General Flow

It may be surprising, but slow drivers can be just as dangerous as fast drivers. Any time you are on the road, pay attention to the general flow of traffic around you. Try to maintain a speed that keeps you moving along comfortably with the other cars.

Stay Visible

Be aware of where you are in relation to the cars around you. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the eyes of the driver beside you, that driver probably can’t see you. Staying in their line of sight will keep them from changing lanes into you or cutting you off unexpectedly.

Leave Plenty of Room 

According to Groth & Associates – Car Accident Injury Lawyers, you should always have at least a half car length between you and the car in front of you. When you’re following too closely, a sudden surprise slowdown or stop could end in a collision. Give yourself room to slow down comfortably no matter what happens.

Anticipate Potential Problems

Watch the other cars around you and pay attention to anything unusual. Think about how the behavior of other drivers can impact you and consider how you would avoid anything that could become dangerous. If you have already thought about how to avoid an accident in any given situation, you’ll be ready to act quickly.

Stay Focused

When you’re behind the wheel concentrate on driving. Driving distractions can be emotional as well as physical. You should avoid eating, putting on makeup, or texting when you drive. You should also avoid driving when you are upset or angry. 

Defensive driving is as simple as being prepared and focused on the task at hand. Observe traffic patterns, keep your eyes on the car in front of you as well as the cars a little further ahead, and eliminate distractions. The key to staying safe is staying focused.

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