31 Dec 6 Defensive Driving Habits to Adopt in 2016: How to Minimize Your Risk of an Auto Accident in the New Year
The average motorist will be in an auto crash at least one time every 17 years or so. While this adds up to about four or five collisions over a lifetime, it also means that, if you haven’t been in a traffic crash in quite some time, one may be right around the corner… waiting for you in the New Year.
To help you avoid a crash and remain safe as your travel the roads in 2016, here are some essential defensive driving tips to resolve to practice and to make part of your daily driving habits next year and beyond:
- Only drive when sober – Drivers with blood alcohol contents (BACs) of 0.08 (the legal limit in every U.S. state) are about four times more likely than sober drivers to be involved in a crash. When BACs jump up to 0.15, this crash risk quadruples, increasing by about 12 times. So, never drive after drinking alcohol. Even a few drinks can be enough to impair your ability to focus and be responsive behind the wheel.
- Eliminate distractions while you drive – As we noted in a recent blog, distracted driving can be as dangerous – if not more dangerous – than drunk driving. So, resolve to focus on the roads as a driver in the New Year.
- Stay focused on the big picture – In other words, look ahead of your vehicle, and continually monitor your surroundings so that you can be as alert to any impending risks as possible. This tip goes hand-in-hand with the above one, and the combination of these defensive driving habits can keep drivers as responsible and vigilant behind the wheel as possible.
- Don’t speed & leave more room between vehicles – While good defensive drivers will always follow traffic laws (including speed limits), they will also give themselves plenty of room to safely operate their vehicle. So, leave at least one car length for every 10 mph of speed between your vehicle and the vehicle you are traveling. In icy or slick conditions, double or triple this room.
- Anticipate other motorists’ bad behaviors – And develop a plan for avoiding disaster if or when other drivers do the worst, like fail to see you, run red lights, cut you off or do anything else that could put you in danger of a crash.
- Always wear your seatbelt – This will reduce your risk of injuries, including life-threatening injuries, by up to 50 percent if or when a collision happens.
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