Can defensive driving really keep you safe?

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Defensive driving is a tactic people use to avoid accidents. It often has a lot to do with increasing one’s focus and staying alert behind the wheel. You also need to learn how to identify hazards and potential dangers in advance, rather than just reacting to them when they happen.

For instance, imagine that you’re approaching a green light. A normal driver would just cruise on through the light, knowing that they have the right of way — and that’s technically correct.

A defensive driver, however, would pay careful attention to the cross street, looking for cars that were moving too quickly to stop — showing that they may run the red light. That driver would also carefully watch cars that were waiting to turn left, knowing that left turns are a judgment call and that the turning driver could make a critical error.

Are these kinds of tactics enough to avoid accidents?

It’s clear that being a defensive driver can help improve your safety. If you’re not just thinking about who has the right of way, but you are instead looking for mistakes, you have a greater chance of braking, swerving or otherwise avoiding a crash. Instead of just thinking about your rights as a driver, you look for ways that others are going to accidentally violate those rights.

Doing this can increase your margin of safety on the road, but nothing is enough to entirely prevent accidents. Even defensive drivers may not have time to avoid others’ mistakes. You may see someone run that red light at the last second when you no longer have time to stop your own car.

So, while defensive driving is smart, you also need to know how to seek compensation if you get injured. If you’re hurt in a wreck caused by another driver, don’t hesitate to seek out an experienced attorney for guidance and assistance.


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