Driving a defense car starts with you.
It can be jungle on the road վարորդները վարորդները Over time, entangled drivers often create a hectic environment full of aggressive details և pay little attention to other cars. That’s the case when accidents happen, but you can be the one who can change everyone.
Driving a safety car involves much more than just responding on the spot when you are in traffic. Here are some things you can do to help ease the way.
1. Plan ahead
Surprisingly, driving a safety car starts even before you leave home. Learn to check the weather և If you know it is going to be a wet or icy road, make sure you have enough time to do it carefully and not rush while traveling’s to drive faster than you should. bad conditions. Take extra precautions when it comes to making sharp turns, such as when merging on the ramps of the highway և exiting. You need to be mentally prepared to slow down those turns. If at all possible, attach a walkway with a shoulder strap so that you can move around in an emergency.
2. Always scan your surroundings
“That car came out of nowhere.” If you’ve ever heard someone talk about what happened in a car accident, those words are very common. It is impossible to constantly see everything around you. That’s why you can constantly check your mirrors, thoroughly scan the intersections before going through them. Driving a protective vehicle means getting in the habit of taking a quick look at the intersecting streets as you approach them so as not to be harmed by a careless driver ignoring their red light. The ultimate goal is to always predict where the cars will be in a few seconds so that you can respond quickly.
3. Stop early
Driving a protective car means leaving a little more space between your “cars in front” than you expect to “brake” early. In fact, it is always a good idea to slow down a bit faster, especially in slippery conditions. Expect it to take two or three times longer to fully stop after deciding to apply the brakes. This gives you more room to stop if someone in front of you suddenly brakes, and the people behind you pay even more attention to the fact that you stop when they see your brake lights.
4. Never attack
Defensive driving is actually the opposite of “road fury”. Do not let the aggressive inclinations of other drivers penetrate you. Road rage often starts with one person’s hostility և causes a ripple effect on nearby drivers. You’ll be amazed at how often things can get hot on the road just because someone gets cut off and then goes out of their way to “get back” to the other driver. But there are several ways to avoid road rage. Just play it safe, play it cool.
5. Do not deviate
Defensive driving is not just about being reactive. It is also about being an initiator. One of the best ways to avoid a collision on the road is to always be careful. Do not engage in activities that distract you. Using a smartphone is a big problem, ումը this deviation is much more than just sending messages. music, social networks և surfing the internet all distract you from the road. (Think you’ve mastered everything you need to know about driving a scattered car. Take the Ditracted Driving Quiz, see how well you earn, and submit your feedback.
Driving a protective car means protecting you not only from other drivers. It’s a matter of anticipating the dangers so that you can avoid accidents until they happen.
It is always good to assume that not everyone is as careful or attentive as you are, but your preparedness, perspective և sense of responsibility can have a big impact on getting to a safe place or risking an accident.
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By Stephen Scott
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