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Defensive driving

Keep in mind that you and the other drivers in your vicinity are only human, and people make mistakes. A defensive driver considers potential actions of other road users in addition to his or her own actions.

Drivers who actively lessen the risks connected with driving are said to practise defensive driving. By driving safely and steadily, defensive driving practises lower the risk of an accident or incident and can even save money on fuel and car maintenance.

Defensive driving is all about being aware of potential risks and other road users' movements so you can take preventative measures to avoid an accident. Look 15 seconds ahead so you can anticipate dangers and have time to react. Always aim to check your mirrors and glance past the car in front because doing so can help you spot potential risks before its too late.

Do not rely on individuals close to you to make wise choices. Give yourself and the other drivers plenty of room. When following another car, you must maintain a three second distance. Avoid following too closely behind other vehicles because doing so may reduce your ability to respond quickly to any rapid changes, increasing the likelihood that you will endanger yourself and people nearby. Numerous collisions can be prevented.

Imagine, for instance, that a car has crashed into the back of your automobile; in this case, it is possible that you could have prevented it if you had given the car in front of you more room. You might have had the choice to advance or swerve if you had used this defensive driving approach.

Various defensive driving courses are offered, but for many drivers, the most important driving behaviours may be picked up simply by being more proactive and paying attention at all times, keeping yourself informed and prepared to anticipate any problems. Be alert of your surroundings as well as the other vehicles and road users around you. Generally speaking, more signs, painted road markings, or street lights indicate greater danger for both you and those nearby.

Additionally, it's crucial to minimise lane changes when it's safe to do so, signal properly and early, and help other drivers understand your intentions.

Driving advice

· abide by the law and the traffic regulations

· Avoid driving when you're fatigued or emotional, whether you're angry or unhappy;

· When pursuing other vehicles, keep a distance of three seconds;

· Make sure other drivers are aware of your intentions by clearly and early signalling;

· omit distractions like food, drink, and mobile devices;

· limit lane changes that are not necessary;

· Make sure you leave yourself enough time to travel; and

· Pay attention to the road and weather conditions while you drive.

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