Defensive Driving Tips

by Jodi Lyon
Finance Advisor
We Drive

I was born and raised in South Florida and over the last 50 years driving has changed and the roads are more congested than ever. South Florida is very diverse with all kinds of drivers – slow, fast, sloppy, and distracted! Here are a few things to help you stay a little safer:

1. Focus on driving, not on everything else in the vehicle such as the radio, cell phone, kids, or a heated discussion.
2. Expect other drivers to make mistakes and trust only yourself.
3. Slow Down! Driving fast only makes it harder to stop.
4. Always buckle up! The National Safety Council says that seat belts reduce your risk of injury in a crash by 50 percent.
5. If you are not sure of who has the right of way, you should yield.
6. You should always stop on red and practice slowing down a little before each intersection and evaluate the situation.
7. Always use your blinkers when changing lanes or turning.
8. Keep a safe distance between yourself and other motorists. Most accidents are caused by tailgating.
9. Try to avoid road rage since you never know who will be driving the other vehicle.
10. Look out for blind spots.
11. Do not drive drunk, buzzed, or high. You should also be careful with taking over-the-counter medications while driving.
12. Make sure your tires are always properly inflated and in good working condition.
13. Slow own in the rain with headlights turned on. Drive at least 10 miles below the speed limit and stay a safe distance from the car in front of you.

Remember, be safe and keep calm because you never know what state of mind the other driver is in or what will set them off. Drive safely!