Defensive driving is always wise, regardless of your age, skill level or any other factors. When you become a defensive driver, you lower the odds of getting involved in an accident.
How can you do it? A few things to consider on a daily basis include:
- You should always expect mistakes from those around you.
- You need to remain alert and watch traffic carefully.
- You should leave bigger gaps between cars than you think are necessary.
- You can identify potentially dangerous issues on the road, such as a driver who is edging out of a cross street and looking ready to dart unsafely into traffic.
- You should drive slowly and carefully, and err on the side of yielding to other drivers.
- You should never engage with another aggressive driver and always keep your distance.
In other words, defensive driving is the act of acknowledging that others are going to make mistakes and that you can’t control that. All you can control is yourself. The more you prepare to react to their mistakes, the better your chances of avoiding a crash.
What if that’s not enough?
That said, defensive driving is not always an obligation, nor may it be enough. You may be driving at the speed limit when someone cuts you off and causes a crash. It’s not your fault because you failed to anticipate their mistake or because you didn’t drive below the speed limit.
You can always get injured due to the negligence of other drivers. If you do, then you need to know how to seek compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and the like.