Defensive Driving

Look Far Ahead

  • Try and see as far ahead on the road as you can
  • Be alert of any oncoming hazards
  • Pay attention to other drivers

Plan ahead for the unexpected

Be able to control speed

Be Prepared to react to other drivers

  • Do not expect the other driver to do what you think he or she should do
  • Respect other users of the roadway

Be aware of driving in special road and weather conditions

  • Know the weather conditions beforehand
  • Adjust driving behavior to correlate with weather

Be alert and avoid distractions, e.g., cell phone use, eating

  • Take care of texting people before operating the vehicle
  • Take a few minutes to eat in your car prior to returning to driving

Top Safe Driving Tips

Don’t drive drunk or impaired

  • Do not take prescription medicine that could possibly impair your driving
  • Get plenty of rest

Don’t speed

  • Speeding is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents
  • Reduce speed and stay within the speed limit
  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Plan time for potential traffic emergencies you could encounter on your route

Wear your seat belt

  • In some states you must wear your seatbelt by law
  • Wearing a seatbelt can greatly reduce injuries in the event of a crash
  • Ensure your passengers have their seatbelts on in your vehicle

Do not follow too closely

  • Allow at least one car space in between you and the car in front of you for every 10 mph you are going

Keep Your Vehicle Safe

  • Make sure your vehicle is registered, inspected, and insured
  • Make sure there are no obstructions of your visibility
Did You Know?
According to a recent study published by the National Sleep Foundation, sleep-deprived drivers are the cause of 6,400 deaths and 50,000 serious injuries annually on U.S. roads.(4) 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.(5) Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled.(6)
Action Items
  • Be vigilant and attentive
  • Be in the right state of mind to drive
  • Drive with a natural caution and defense
  • Make smart driving decisions

Maintaining Visibility

Get your vision checked regularly

  • Some drivers may be able to read street signs clearly during the day but the cover of darkness may hinder your visibility

Try anti-glare lenses. If you wear glasses, this can reduce strain from exterior lights

Keep headlights clean and bright

  • Dim bulbs or cloudy covers can reduce visibility

Avert your eyes from oncoming traffic

  • This will prevent the temporary blindness that comes from your eyes trying to adjust to the bright lights

Keep your windshield clean

  • Sometimes dust can accumulate on the inside of your windshield that you may not notice during the day. This dust can catch the light from oncoming cars' headlights and make it difficult for you to see

Dim the lights on your dash. Bright interior lights can hinder your visibility of things outside your vehicle.

During Rush Hour

Stay calm by listening to a book or your favorite music.

Reduce your speed.

Don't tailgate.

Stay alert and drive use defensive driving techniques.

Avoid using your phone or other distracting behavior.

Preventing Road Rage

Putting on soothing music that you like.

Get into the mentality that you are sharing the road, and nobody's perfect!

Keep a good amount of space between yourself and other drivers.

Refrain from making prolonged eye contact or obscene gestures at other drivers.

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