Defensive driving is utilizing a set of driving skills to avoid collisions and other dangers on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately 43,000 fatalities from car accidents occur in the United States each year. With bad drivers, drunk or drugged drivers, and adverse weather conditions, operating a motor vehicle can be a risky, dangerous endeavor. Defensive driving enables drivers to foresee potential hazards and dangers and respond accordingly, limiting the risks associated with driving.
Defensive Driving Courses
Many states offer courses in defensive driving as a way of teaching drivers how to operate more defensively. Florida specifically offers state-approved defensive driving classes which result in the dismissal of certain types of traffic tickets and allows drivers to not be subject to auto insurance rate hikes. Some states even will reduce insurance premiums upon the completion of a defensive driving course.
Defensive Driving Tips
The following tips will help you drive more defensively.
· Plan ahead; be able to control your speed
· Be prepared to respond to other drivers; do not anticipate they drive the way you do
· Respect other drivers and their rights on the road
· Pay attention to road and weather conditions
· Avoid distractions such as cell phone use
A main component of defensive driving to make sure you do not assume what another driver will do. Everyone drives differently and is important to be aware that other drivers may not necessarily drive the way you do.
Defensive driving is a vital skill every driver should employ. Accidents do happen however. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver you should seek experienced legal counsel.
Who to Call
The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.