Defensive Driving Techniques To Prevent Road Accidents
Despite our best efforts, accidents happen on Canadian roads every day. Sometimes due to weather, others due to distraction, there are a multitude of reasons why they happen. What can you do to help? This is where we come in. RightLane teaches defensive driving skills that will help you stay safe on the road. We can't say you'll never be in an accident but with our driving tips, you can do your best to stay safe.
One of the major factors in accidents is distractions. Using your phone, playing with the infotainment centre on your vehicle, or arguing with other passengers can all take your attention off the road. Once that happens, you can accidentally speed up, or slow down, blow through a red light, or veer into oncoming traffic. Keep distractions in your vehicle to a minimum.
Every vehicle on the road comes equipped with signal lights. They are there for a reason, so signaling your intentions on the road helps to keep you, your passengers, and your fellow drivers safe behind the wheel. Remember also that slowing to a stop gradually is part of signalling, so be aware of your surroundings, and slow down in time to warn the drivers behind you.
Your vehicle has blind spots, that annoying place where you can't see with your peripheral vision, or with your mirrors. Keeping an eye on your blind spots with head checks can help you see if anything is there, but being aware of other vehicle's blind spots is another way to help everyone stay safe on the road.
Your seatbelt, much like your signal lights, are there for a reason. There is no valid argument against using a seatbelt. As soon as you get in, buckle up and don't move until all of your passengers have as well. Just as importantly, ensure that everyone is wearing their seatbelts properly.
Being aware of your surroundings while you drive is another great way to help with your safety on the roads. Watching the vehicles around you, the signs and signals on the highway, as well as the behaviour of your own vehicle will all help you arrive at your destination.
Do you have questions about defensive driving techniques? Or are you ready to start your driver training? We'd love to help you!