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Why Defensive Driving Is So Important

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Why Defensive Driving Is So Important

Let’s face it — there are a lot of bad drivers out there, including throughout the Phoenix metro area.  From drunk drivers to distracted drivers to just plain people who aren’t very good at driving, the risk of being at an accident that isn’t your fault is high.  But the good news is that you can reduce your risk of being in a crash by practicing some very basic defensive driving techniques.

There are many causes of car accidents, from bad weather or road conditions to impairment due to drugs or alcohol to inexperience to inattention to speed to fatigue to health to the condition of a driver’s vehicle.  It can be a bit scary to consider all of the ways that another person can cause an accident.  A person could get into a fight with his or her spouse, and slam into your car because they aren’t paying attention. A truck driver could be at the end of a long haul and crash into your car because he or she was too drowsy to concentrate properly.  These are just some of the reasons why accidents may occur — and there are many, many more.

While you cannot control other drivers on the road, you can take precautions with your own driving to try to reduce the risk of an accident.  Defensive driving is a set of techniques that can help you avoid being in a crash.  It may not prevent all collisions, but these tactics can help to keep you safer on the road.

First, think ahead.  Don’t just think about where you are right now, but where you are going to be at least 15 seconds in the future.  By planning ahead a bit, you will have a margin of safety because you will be looking at the road around you and will be prepared to deal with any obstacles that may arise.

Next, be sure to continually monitor the road around you for hazards.  This can include anything from other motorists to construction to road closures.  Be alert, and pay careful attention to what is happening around you. If a car is driving erratically, note it — and consider pulling off the road to get away from that vehicle.

You should also make sure to leave yourself a cushion of space.  Never follow too closely, or tailgate.  Whenever possible, have at least 3 to 5 car lengths between your vehicle and the one in front of you.  This will give you ample time to stop in the event that the car in front of you stops quickly or does something rash.

Finally, be sure that you are appropriately signaling to other drivers so that they see you and know what you are doing.  Use your turn signals, slow down well in advance of a turn, and make eye contact when possible.  Doing what you can to make sure that vehicles can see you will reduce the chances that you will be in an accident.

If you have been hurt in any type of car crash, contact a skilled Phoenix car accident attorney immediately.  At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, our attorneys are highly experienced at representing victims of car accidents.  We have a 95 percent success rate and have recovered more than 2 billion dollars on behalf of our clients.  Contact us today at 602-340-0030 or info@larryhparker.com to schedule a free consultation.  We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you!

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