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Safe Driving Tips: How to Be a Defensive Driver

Safe Driving Tips: How to Be a Defensive Driver
Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Staying safe is imperative in all situations, especially when you’re on the road. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to determine how the other drivers on the road will act, but there are some things you can do that help to keep you as safe as possible.

Defensive driving is one of the most effective ways to avoid an accident. Our Walnut Creek car accident lawyers provide you with valuable tips that you can utilize on the road.

Give Plenty of Space

Space is vital on the road when you need to make sudden decisions. Make sure you give enough room in front of you so you can stop safely and avoid a rear-end collision. A good rule of thumb is to give one full car length for every 10 miles per hour you’re driving. So, if you’re driving 50 miles per hour, you should allow five full car lengths in front of you.

Similarly, if you’re changing lanes, make sure you’re doing so with enough room in front of you and behind you to avoid another vehicle crashing into you.

Stay Out of Blind Spots

All vehicles have blind spots where it becomes much harder to recognize another driver on the road. If you can, stay out of other drivers’ blind spots as a driver is more likely to enter into your lane if they cannot see you. This can lead to a sideswipe accident.

Follow All Laws on the Road

Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Similarly, distracted driving, drunk driving, and drowsy driving all pose significant risks. They’re also illegal. The most effective way to stay safe on the road is to ensure you’re following all laws on the road and honoring the speed limit.

At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, we know how defensive driving can be helpful. However, you can’t always predict the actions of other drivers. In the event an accident does occur, our team will be here to help you safeguard your rights.  

Call us today at (925) 275-5592 for a free consultation.

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