If you ask anyone how good a driver they are, most likely they would answer "Very good, I have never been in an accident that was my fault". But not having been involved in a motor vehicle accident doesn't really determine how good a driver you really are. Let's face it, some people haven't been in an accident because of sheer luck. Being a good driver means more than simply avoiding accidents. It includes obeying laws, showing courtesy to other drivers and using defensive driving skills. The driver’s main objective when it comes to avoiding accidents is not only to avoid situations that could contribute to an accident, but also to make himself/herself hard to be hit by others. Road users have to work as a team inorder to keep the flow of traffic steady and avoid collisions on the roadways.
Defensive Driving Tips
To be a Good Driver one should:
- Obey traffic laws and speed limits.
- Avoid tailgating or following other vehicle too closely, even during rush hour.
- Position your vehicle so that you are not continuously in other driver’s blind spots.
- Avoid frequent lane changes.
- ALWAYS signal when you change lanes or turn.
- Avoid abrupt stops by scanning the activities immediately near and ahead of your vehicle.
- Give your full attention to the operation of your vehicle and avoid activities such as talking on a cell phone, eating, changing radio dials, writing or reading while driving your vehicle.
- Remain calm and courteous to other drivers even when you are running late or they are driving carelessly.
- Be familiar with road signages and their meanings.
- Always walk around the vehicle before starting to operate it to make sure it is free of obstructions, children or other hazards.
- When in areas where there are children or pedestrians, you should alert them that you are getting ready to operate your vehicle by tapping your horn before proceeding.
- Pass only when there is a clear view and no obstructions.
- Anticipate the failure of other drivers to stop at stop signs or obey traffic laws.
- Avoid driving under the influence of liquor, even if you only have a drink or two and are not totally drunk.