A guide to defensive driving

The greatest way a person can avoid being in a vehicle collision is to reduce the risk entirely. However, that is easier said than done. According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, nearly 375,000 traffic crashes occurred in 2015 in the state, an 8.77 percent increase from the previous year. 

Occasionally, a person can do nothing to prevent a car crash. In these cases, the driver needs to go through standard legal procedures. Everyone can avoid some hassle by remaining defensive on the road and aware of surroundings. Here are some tips for engaging in defensive driving. 

Keep both eyes on the road

Drivers should never look at their phones or other devices. Both eyes need to remain on the road at all times, and drivers should look at both the side and rearview mirrors frequently to be cognizant of their surroundings. In the event a driver sees another car acting dangerously, it is best to pull off to the side of the road temporarily until the potential danger passes.

Eliminate distractions

Cellphones are not the only distractions drivers have in the car. Messing around with the radio can force a driver to take his or her eyes off the road, even for only a few seconds. Many people eat in their cars, but everyone should avoid this. It is also not unheard of for women to apply makeup while driving. When a person is in a car, the primary objective is to drive, and the driver should do nothing else. 

Get away from aggressive drivers

Defensive driving is one thing, but aggressive driving is another thing entirely. Some of the common signs of aggressive driving include tailgating and honking unnecessarily. Many drivers feel compelled to engage with these aggressors, but for everyone's sake, it is best to simply drive away. Move to another lane if necessary and get away from someone who poses a danger. 

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