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7 Defensive Driving Tips

Defensive driving is a style of driving that focuses on being proactive, rather than reactive, when behind the wheel. It’s a way of approaching driving that puts safety first, and it’s important for every driver to learn and understand the basics of defensive driving. Here are some tips for driving defensively:

  1. Keep a Safe Following Distance: A good rule of thumb is to keep a following distance of at least three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This allows you time to react if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly.
  2. Always be Alert: Stay alert while driving, especially on long trips. Fatigue can be a major contributor to accidents, so if you start to feel drowsy, pull over and take a break.
  3. Scan the Road Ahead: Look ahead for potential hazards, such as cars merging into your lane or slow-moving vehicles. Anticipating these situations can give you time to adjust your speed and position to avoid them.
  4. Keep Both Hands on the Wheel: Keeping both hands on the wheel gives you better control over your vehicle, especially in sudden or emergency situations.
  5. Avoid Distractions: Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents. Avoid using your phone or engaging in any activity that takes your attention away from the road.
  6. Obey Traffic Laws: Follow the speed limit, obey traffic signals and signs, and use your turn signals to let other drivers know your intentions.
  7. Be Prepared: Make sure your vehicle is equipped with working headlights, brakes, and tires, and carry an emergency kit in case of an accident.

By following these defensive driving tips, you can reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident and ensure a safer driving experience. If you have any concerns about your vehicle or would like to schedule a maintenance appointment, feel free to contact us at The Model Garage!

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