Driving is a privilege, not a right. It’s important for new drivers to understand that when they get behind the wheel, they are responsible for their own safety and the safety of others on the road.
To help ensure a safe and smooth driving experience, here are some essential tips for defensive driving and safe practices on the road.
- Always wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers do the same.
- Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least two seconds of space between you and the vehicle you are following.
- Avoid distractions such as using your phone, eating, or applying makeup while driving. Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.
- Always obey traffic signals, signs, and speed limits.
- Always use your signals to indicate your intention to turn or change lanes.
- Be prepared to give way to other drivers regardless of who actually has priority. You don’t know the intentions of other drivers and giving way is defensive and puts you in charge of the situation.
- Stay alert and well-rested before driving. If you feel drowsy, pull over and take a break.
- Avoid aggressive driving behaviour such as tailgating, cutting off other drivers, or making sudden lane changes.
- Plan your route before you start driving and allow enough time to reach your destination without rushing.
- In inclement weather, slow down and maintain a safe following distance. Avoid sudden braking and sharp turns.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable driving experience.
Remember, defensive driving is all about anticipating potential hazards and taking steps to avoid them.
Always be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to react to changing road conditions.