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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tips For Defensive Driving

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Trucking is serious business. When it comes to safe driving on public roads, without regard to the type of vehicle driven, the most vital aspect is the driver’s right attitude. We all know that being a trucker is not easy, but stay alerted with a positive attitude can certainly go a long way. All of us have heard about or come across some drivers with negative attitudes, which led to collisions, road rage, and in some cases, even mortalities. These are the ones who are often speeding, changing lanes without caution, and tailgating. Also, there are drivers who are impervious to their surroundings. Though their driving may not be belligerent, their concentration would be somewhere else. They will be completely unaware of the road ahead and the vehicles around them. They even fail to recognize a prospective danger until it is too late to act.
Such drivers should understand that driving is a risky and intricate task that requires their undistracted attention every single time they take over the wheel. These are the drivers who should start practicing defensive driving.
Defensive driving is basically a form of practice or training that enables you to drive in such a way that you discreetly curtail the hazards associated with driving. Defensive driving techniques teach you to refrain from accidents by identifying and addressing issues before they actually take place. As a defensive driver you will be proactive rather than being reactive.
Of course, every situation on the road is different from one another and hence requires a course of action of its own. However, there are some fundamental defensive driving techniques that you should follow at all times while driving. Once you discipline yourself to follow the tips we’ve outlined below whenever you are behind the wheel, you will automatically become a safe driver, bringing down the chances of accidents and fatalities to a great extent.
Lessen the Distractions
Believe it or not, the person who is highly responsible for your safety when on the road is yourself. Distractions during driving can range from eating, chatting with fellow passengers, music, and cell phones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that the number one cause of accidents and fatalities on road is distractions, a fact that is proved by various other studies as well.
We know it is impossible for any driver to completely refrain from listening to music, talking on the phone, or occasionally munching on a Big Mac. But what you can do is restrict yourself to any one distraction at a time and make it less vivid. Avoid eating when you’re on the phone, and when you are talking on the phone, remember to stay focused on the road and cut the conversation short.
Look Ahead and Predict
Many new drivers, and even some experienced ones, have the habit of looking only at the vehicle in front of them and not any further. This is an often overlooked issue. One other main reason for road accidents is the driver’s inability to identify a hazardous situation. If you fail to recognize a potential danger, you will not be able to take the necessary steps to escape from it.
Don’t simply look at the vehicle in front of yours or in the mirror, just observing the immediate happenings. Try to predict what is taking place far ahead of you by looking as far as you can along the road and also by looking at the behaviors of other drivers on the road. Better situational awareness and planning ahead can help you avoid many accidents.
Maintain Your Distance
One major form of road or traffic accidents is rear-end collisions. If you don’t wish to be a victim, you should learn to manage the space between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Never follow closely behind any vehicle that goes in front. Make sure there is always a minimum buffer room of 2 to 4 seconds. This will give you enough time to bring your vehicle to a stop, in case there is a panic stop in your lane.
Learn to Swerve
This is one of the hardest skills to learn and it really takes years of driving experience. Swerving is mainly for emergency circumstances when there is not enough time to prevent an accident. You may be a great driver with years of experience under your belt, but not every other driver on the road is great and you cannot always anticipate what will happen around you. For instance, a child or a dog suddenly runs across the busy road, say 20 feet before your car. During such times, it will be practically impossible for you to stop your car all of a sudden, and your only choice will be to swerve and move away as fast as possible.
These are just a few tips you can practice to become a defensive driver; but remember, the most important aspect is to always drive with the right attitude. This can hugely influence your personal safety and also the safety of others on the road with you.
Author Bio
Daniel writes about all types of trucking topics and he founded R &J trucking to provide a place where new and prospective truckers can find trucking company reviews, learn about trucking challenges and salary, and many more useful trucking tips.

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