Defensive driving is mostly about remaining alert and aware as you drive. But it’s also about good driving etiquette and behavior. And of course, it’s about avoiding danger when other drivers don’t behave as they should.
Are You a Defensive Driver?
What is defensive driving and how do you know if you’re doing it right? It’s not as complicated as you might think. You’re a good defensive driver, if you:
- Comply with traffic safety laws in every situation
- Avoid distracted driving behaviors, such as texting
- Use the three-second rule for distancing your car from other vehicles on the road
- Yield the road to drivers threatening road rage—you don’t want to go head to head with them
- Keep focused on road conditions and pay attention to the behavior of other drivers, always ready to act in the face of hazardous conditions