While you can never fully avoid a car accident when others are negligent, there are specific things you can do to protect yourself on the road. Defensive driving is an important thing to know. The things you do on the road can help keep you safe and avoid some of the more severe dangers. Here are some tips you can utilize.
Scan 10 Seconds Ahead of You
Make sure you look ahead of your vehicle to recognize potential signs of negligence. If you recognize traffic-stopping, someone swerving, or erratic braking, you want to slow down and stay clear of the danger. The more time you have to stop, the better and safer you will be.
Distracted driving is one of the most common problems on the road. When you’re distracted, you can easily lose control of your vehicle. You may also encounter problems if you don’t react to traffic or other potential dangers on the road, and it can lead to a crash.
Never Assume Other Drivers are Safe
While you would hope that other drivers are safe, you should drive as though others may be negligent. Taking this approach means you’re focused on the road, looking at other drivers’ actions, and staying clear of traveling too close to those who may cause you harm.
Keep Your Hands On the Wheel
Many drivers feel as though they can operate their car safely with just one hand. However, when issues arise and you need to take action to prevent an accident or if you lose control of your vehicle, one hand is not enough. Keep both hands on the wheel to prevent severe harm.
If you are in an accident, try to relax to better absorb the shock of your collision—it can reduce the risk of severe injuries. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we know no matter how defensive you drive, others may be negligent. If you suffer harm because of someone else’s actions, our North Dakota car accident attorneys are here to help you and give you a voice to pursue compensation.