When you get into an auto collision, it is called an “accident.” But by definition, an accident is something that could not have been prevented, like an earthquake or a tornado. The truth is that most collisions are actually someone’s fault, either because they did something they should not have done, or they failed to something they should have.
You cannot always predict or prevent the actions of others, but by learning basic defensive driving strategies, you can minimize your risk of a collision, and dramatically reduce your liability when you are involved in one.
These 5 defensive driving strategies will help keep you safe and minimize your risk of a collision:
- Aim High in Steering: Aiming high means you are looking down the road to see what’s ahead, not just paying attention to the road directly in front of you. In slow congested city traffic, focus about a block ahead. In faster, more sparse traffic, focus about a quarter mile down the road. Aiming high will help you foresee potential hazards and give you time to avoid them.
- Get the Big Picture: Getting the big picture is akin to being aware of your surroundings when walking late at night. On the road, you should be aware of cars, motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians at all times. This means checking your mirrors regularly to see who is behind you, looking to your right and left to see what is next to you, and scanning the roadside to look out for animals and people, all while paying attention to staying in your lane! It seems like a lot, but it will keep you aware and alert to avoid potential problems.
- Leave Yourself an Out: There is nothing worse than being stuck in traffic with nowhere to go. On the Interstate or on multiple-lane roads, position your vehicle so you have an “out” if your lane becomes blocked. That means staying away from bottle necks, and leaving ample room between you and the vehicle in front of you. And by all means, avoid driving in someone else’s blind spot!
- Don’t Count on the Other Guy: Traffic laws are made to keep traffic flowing with minimal conflicts or delays. Yet no matter how well versed in traffic laws you are, you cannot always count on others to obey them. Do not assume that other drivers are going to be safe and courteous. Aggressive drivers or those in a hurry often take risks like weaving in and out of traffic, ignoring traffic signals, and speeding. Keep an eye out for bad drivers, and steer clear of them.
- Eliminate Distractions: Distracted driving is becoming a growing menace on today’s roadways as electronic devices, GPS systems, built-in video screens and other distractions draw attention away from safe driving practices. Look out for distracted drivers who are texting or talking on the phone, and give them a wide berth. If you need to read or send a text, or make a phone call, pull off the road, or wait until you arrive at your destination.
When You Have a Collision
Being a good defensive driver dramatically reduces your risk of an auto collision, but sometimes things happen that we cannot control. If you are the victim of a collision that was not your fault, and you have a court case pending, you may be wondering how to make ends meet while you recover from injuries and make up for missed work.
At Cronus, we understand how stressful life can become due to injuries and loss of income. We can forward you the funds you need today to meet your living expenses while you wait for your case to settle. The funds will be repaid from your total settlement amount, and if you lose your case, you owe us nothing. Contact Cronus today, and see if you qualify for a settlement cash advance.