Could defensive driving increase safety?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Avoiding an accident may require a split-second decision. A reckless driver could cross a double-line to make an illegal pass, following a path to a head-on collision. An oncoming driver might be able to avoid the crash by reacting quickly. Florida commuters that invest time and effort into learning defensive driving skill may feel more confident dealing with sometimes dangerous traffic.

Defensive driving skills may increase safety

Some accidents might be utterly unavoidable, and even the most defensive driver could suffer from a collision. Still, learning how to drive defensively and safely on the road might be more than worthwhile.

Often, avoiding “bad habits and behaviors” might boost safety while driving. If an over-the-counter medicine says to avoid driving after ingesting two capsules, then following directions seems prudent. Driving while fatigued or impaired could undermine the ability to operate a vehicle defensively.

Avoiding anything that might contribute to distractions may help, as well. While “hands-free” smartphone use seems safer, doing anything other than paying attention to the road could prove hazardous. Again, seconds may count when it comes time to avoid a collision. Distracted, fatigued, and impaired driving might do more than hamper defensive capabilities. Such driving behaviors could cause an accident.

Traveling with safety in mind

Altering driving behavior could help those interested in safety. Having enough braking distance from other vehicles may add enough time to stop safely, if necessary. Avoid moving violation habits by using a turn signal when changing lanes, coming to complete stops at stop signs, and so on. Any driver that drives at excess speeds may take unnecessary risks.

Those worried about dangers associated with specific routes might wish to avoid them. Areas with falling rocks or weaving and winding roads may not be for everyone. If alternate routes exist, some might choose those roads. Would leaving at a better, less-congested time of the day contribute to safer driving? Changing commuting schedules could have value.

Defensive driving might have its limitations when hoping to avoid a motor vehicle accident, otherwise known as an MVA. Persons hurt by a negligent driver could discuss civil actions with an attorney.


attorneys Brad Culpepper and Brett J. Kurland