6 Tips on How to Become a Defensive Driver

Mar 09, 2018 Car Accidents    Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Unfortunately, you can’t control or predict the actions of other drivers. However, by becoming a defensive driver, you can help identify and appropriately respond to threats to protect yourself on the road. To learn more on becoming a defense driver, read and follow the tips below.

If you get hurt in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, reach out to our experienced Ohio car accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.

Obey All Traffic Laws

Although it may seem simple, obeying all traffic laws is the key to being a defensive driver. While it may be tempting to speed or run a red light when you’re in a hurry, doing so can lead to serious accidents.

Avoid Distractions

One of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States is distracted driving. By taking your hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road, you greatly increase your risk of causing an accident. While you are in the driver’s seat make sure to refrain from texting, eating or drinking, grooming, fiddling with your GPS or radio controls, or anything else that takes your attention away from the road.

Keep a Safe Distance

Be sure to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. In good weather conditions, a safe following distance is two seconds. If you’re driving in rain or snowy weather, your following distance should be increased to three seconds. By keeping a safe distance, you’ll have enough time to react to slowing or stopped traffic and reduce your risk of causing a rear-end collision.

Wear Your Seatbelt

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that seat belts reduce the risk of death in car accidents by about 50 percent. Therefore, it’s imperative that you always wear your seat belt. Even if you’re driving a short distance, don’t forget to buckle up.

Drive Sober

All too often, drivers get behind the wheel while they are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and cause accidents that lead to injuries and fatalities. If you have plans that involve drinking, be sure to find a trustworthy designated driver or use a ride-sharing service.

Get Plenty of Rest

Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. To avoid fatigued driving, never get behind the wheel if you’re tired. Before a long road trip, you should make sure to get plenty of rest, take turns driving, and stop every few hours to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, have a meal, or use the restroom.

Injured in a Car Accident? Call Kisling, Nestico & Redick

If you’ve suffered from an injury that was caused by a negligent driver, you should contact our Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. We’ll investigate your case and may be able to help you collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

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