So, before we answer how you can practice defensive driving, let us discuss what the term exactly means. Although most drivers think that they are good on the road, that’s not the case when it comes to their actual performance. While some are too aggressive, others show a total disregard for all the rules and regulations that are in place. Aggressive drivers are known to be the cause of almost 1/3rd of all traffic-related incidents. In simple terms, defensive driving is driving in such a way as to prevent crashes and drastically minimize the risks while you are on the road. Listed are some useful tips to help you drive defensively:
Understand Your Car’s Capability
How you drive is entirely dependent on the car that you are using. One cannot possibly drive an SUV as you would do with a sports car. For instance, if your vehicle is fitted with mass-market brakes and radials, then it’s virtually impossible to maneuver around the traffic, as you would do with a sports car. Additionally, all drivers should know about all the available safety features available onboard the vehicle. Some of the newer cars are fitted with features that let you know if a car is flanking you or provide warning when your hands are slipping off the wheel.
Do Not Tailgate
Tailgating is a common problem that we see on the roads almost every day. As a rule of thumb, one should always keep a suitable gap between themselves and the car in front of them. Not only is it legally mandatory in the UAE but doing so will help in cutting down the chances for an accident. In highways, we strongly recommend you keep at least a couple of car lengths between yourself and the other person.
Stay Within the Permitted Speed Limit
Most modern cars are fitted with engines that deliver too much horsepower. However, exceeding the permitted speed limit is a habit that most aggressive drivers exhibit on the road. Stick within the specific speed limit and protect yourself and others around you. Additionally, driving within specified speed limits will also provide your vehicle with better fuel efficiency.
Stay Focused on the Road
To be a good defensive driver, one should learn to remain focused on the road and not get easily distracted. By distractions, we refer to the use of phones, the car’s infotainment system, or anything else that will distract you from driving. Additionally, make yourself comfortable when you enter the car, adjust your seat or rearview mirrors before you are on your way so that no adjustments need to be made in between the journey.
Check Your Blind Spots
The area around your car that cannot be directly seen while you are driving is referred to as blind spots. Failure to spot a vehicle as you try to turn or move to a different lane can likely cause an accident. Also, be aware of the fact that drivers also face similar problems with blind spots, and as such, it’s always better to drive at a safe distance from other vehicles and to drive at an optimal speed.