Driving Defensively
Driving Defensively
Driving is a skill, and your vehicle is a heavy and potentially dangerous machine. To prevent accidents, give driving your full attention.
Risk Factors
  • Fatigue
  • Drinking and driving
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Driving at night
  • Using a cell phone
Obey Traffic Laws
  • Wear a seat belt.
  • Don’t speed.
  • Obey traffic signals and signs.
  • Yield to drivers who have the right of way.
  • Don’t overload a vehicle and don’t load it in a way that blocks your rear or side vision.
  • Stay at least two seconds behind the driver in front of you (four seconds at night); don’t tailgate.
  • Keep checking your rearview and side mirrors for approaching traffic.
Drive Defensively and Safely
  • Keep your mind and eyes on the road.
  • Pull over and stop if you have to read a map, make a phone call, etc.
  • Don’t drive when you’re sleepy.
  • Stay constantly alert to other drivers, road construction, potholes, debris, pedestrians, bicycles, etc.
  • Turn on your lights when it starts to get dark.
  • Maintain your vehicle, including tires, fluid levels, etc.
  • Carry emergency repair and signaling equipment.
Be prepared to respond quickly – and safely – to traffic conditions and other drivers. “Expect the unexpected” to prevent accidents when driving.