Remember the expression, "the best offense is a good defense"? Well it has never been truer than when it comes to safe driving techniques. With this in mind, The Expert has put together a list of defensive-driving tips that no driver should be without.
1. Slow Down, Slow Down and Then Slow Down Some More!
The Expert would be the first to tell you that you don't have to be an expert to know that the slower you drive, the more control you have over your vehicle. And control is the key to any good driving - defensive or otherwise. This is an easy rule to forget when you're running a little late, but DON'T FORGET IT! It may be the number one thing you can do to keep your vehicle - and the roads - safe.
2. Make That Call Later and Beware of Cell-Phone Users Around You
With the use of cell phones running rampant, it is no surprise that people are using them while they drive. Here's something to tell these people - and yourself - before you dial up your best friend to say hello: the chance that you'll slam right into the car in front of you increases 400% when you are on the phone. That's reason enough to make that call later. It is also reason enough to keep extra distance between your car and a car driven by someone chatting on the phone.
3. Control That Road Rage
The Expert knows how easy it is to get frustrated when you are on the road, but try to rein in your anger when behind the wheel. Road Rage causes accidents and collisions. Keep it under control and get where you want to go in one piece.
4. No Loose Things Lying Around
Sometimes accidents happen. When they do, you want to be safely buckled up, and you want to make sure nothing is going to fly at you. Sharp objects like pens and scissors should not be left lying around the car.
5. Anticipate Someone Else's Mistakes - The 2-Second Rule
Expect nothing from the people sharing the road with you EXCEPT for problems. If you remember this and act accordingly, you can avoid many uncomfortable situations. This is why The Expert stresses the vital 2-second rule. Pick a landmark on the street - a stoplight, a bridge, a street lamp - and always make sure the vehicle ahead of you passes it at least 2 seconds before you do. Don't glance at your watch, but count 2 seconds as "one Mississippi, two Mississippi." This will give you time to react and keep you at a safe distance.
6. Never Drink and Drive
Period. The Expert stresses this rule above all else. Alcohol consumption and cars are a lethal combination. Period. And if you see another driver that looks intoxicated, stop them from getting into the car or, if possible, alert the police. It means the difference between life and death.