Driving always comes with risk. From inattentive drivers to hazards on the road, driving involves navigating many unexpected dangers.
You have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road to take your safety seriously. Developing defensive driving habits will reduce your risk of accident and injury by keeping your attention focused on the task of driving.
Looking for directions while driving can take your focus from the road. Know where you are going before you leave on any trip. Have directions available on your navigation device or printed out for reference. Plan your trip so that you have plenty of time to reach your destination without needing to speed.
Phones and food are major distractions while driving as they keep both your hands and eyes distracted with other activities. Avoid eating while driving and silence your phone when you are behind the wheel. Snacks and texts can wait until you are safely parked.
Allow extra space
Every driver learns to allow a certain amount of space between vehicles so that you have time to brake when needed. This extra space also has additional benefits. Giving yourself a wider field of vision ahead of you allows you to see any upcoming hazards on the road before you reach them. Knowing what is ahead, you can avoid hazards without the need to slam on your brakes, reducing the chance you may hit someone. This also gives vehicles behind you a chance to react without running into you.
Be proactive in valuing your safety when you are behind the wheel of any vehicle. While we all have a responsibility to each other on the roads, do not rely on other drivers to keep you safe.