Whether it’s the freeway, the local main street, or a suburb, driving can be stressful and unfortunately, chaotic. While you can’t change what other drivers are doing, the road conditions, or the weather, you can control your personal driving habits. Defensive driving is the best way to reduce the chances of a car or motorcycle accident from happening. If you weren’t doing so already, here are a few tips to follow.
How to Minimize the Likelihood of Car and Motorcycle Accidents
1. Check the Traffic and Weather
One of the best defensive driving habits starts before you even get inside your vehicle. If you know you’ll be driving somewhere unfamiliar to you or it’s usually busy, check the weather and traffic reports. Even if it is a familiar route, this precautionary measure will help you if there’s already been a car or motorcycle accident that might require redirecting traffic.
2. Scan Your Surroundings
While it’s true that you must always keep your eyes on the road in front of you, that doesn’t mean keeping it in a static position. You should be moving your eyes around, checking your mirrors, the edges of the road, and further down beyond the cars ahead. The driver immediately ahead may not be as attentive, and you’ll need to react accordingly if they come to an abrupt stop.
3. Slow Down and Brake Early
The earlier you can slow your car down, the smoother your braking will be. This is particularly relevant in wet or foggy conditions. Braking early also allows you to notify the car behind you via your taillights.
4. Maintain a Buffer in Traffic
To help you brake earlier, always leave space between you and the car in front of you. The more room there is, the more time you’ll have to slow down. A good guideline is about three seconds’ worth of space. Also, in poor weather or when following a large truck or trailer, allow for more space.
5. Eliminate Distractions
Try to get rid of as many distractions as you need. For example, you can set your cellphone to “do not disturb,” so you won’t be tempted to look at any text messages or notifications that go through. If traffic is particularly heavy or the weather is bad, turn off whatever music or podcast you’re listening to so you can fully focus on the road.
Of course, car and motorcycle accidents can still happen, and if you need an attorney to help you navigate those moments, you can rely on Balderrama Law Firm LLC. Based in Carlsbad, NM, this law office is known for its dedication, consideration, and attention to detail. As personal injury and accident attorneys, they understand how stressful it is to simply process the situation, let alone have to deal with an insurance company. They’ll make sure you get the compensation you’re owed. You can learn more about their approach on their website, but if you’d like to speak to someone directly, call (575) 234-1111.