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Defensive Driving Tips

Defensive Driving Tips - About 50,000 people die each year in the United States from traffic accidents. Good defensive driving techniques help to prepare the driver for any situation. A good defensive driver always assumes the worst situation and prepares for it. Not getting caught unprepared can help assure the driver and his passengers a safe passage to their destination.

Paying attention to the road is an obvious point to be made, but the lack of this advice is one of the leading causes of car accidents. A common statement is that most car accidents happen within five miles of the driver's home. Why is this? Some say that this is due to the driver being in comfortable surroundings. The driver knows her neighborhood and feels that she does not need to be as careful when driving through it. More obvious but ignored lack-of-attention dangers are sleepiness, fatigue, daydreaming, cell phones, radios, highway hypnosis, talking and other distractions (kids arguing, dog barking, applying makeup and eating).

Defensive Driving Tips

You must always pay attention when you are driving. You may have the mind of a steel trap, and there is nothing you do that can place potential harm to others. Do not believe that all drivers share this instinctual driving awareness with you. All of those reasons stated above are real reasons why people get into car accidents. If none of them apply to you, then they must apply to your fellow drivers. Periodically check other vehicles on the road and check to make sure they are a good distance away from you.

Defensive Driving Tips


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