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How to Be a Defensive Driver

Being a safe driver may not be enough to avoid a collision. There are other drivers out there with you on the road, many of whom may not care about safety as much as you do. That is precisely why defensive driving is so important. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are six million car accidents in the nation annually, resulting in 40,000 deaths and over two million injuries. With statistics like this, drivers need to take every precaution.

The goal of defensive driving is to minimize the risk of getting into a collision by anticipating potentially dangerous situations and keeping a close eye on other vehicles to notice mistakes that could be costly. Accident prevention can only go so far. No one has total power to avoid getting into an accident, but practicing defensive driving is a substantial step in the right direction.

Practically though, how can the average driver be a defensive driver? By implementing the following suggestions into your driving, we hope that you will have a safer driving experience.

  1. Eliminate distractions. While texting and driving (and other forms of handheld cellphone use) is illegal for all drivers in Nevada, drivers should also avoid other practices that can take their attention off the road, such as eating, putting on makeup and even changing the radio.
  2. If at all possible, avoid driving with any drug/alcohol in your system or during a state of extreme drowsiness. Even though prescription drugs, one glass of wine, and fatigue might seem like small issues, they could slow your faculties and prevent you from being a defensive driver with a quick response time.
  3. Check your surroundings. Checking your side and rearview mirrors as well as frequently checking the vehicles around you can significantly decrease your risk of getting into an accident.
  4. Ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. You may be driving safely, but if your vehicle isn’t functioning properly then this could increase your risk of getting into a collision. Frequently check things like tire pressure, lights, and your brakes.
  5. Take a defensive driving course. Yes, they have those. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has a list of accredited courses, such as those offered by the American Auto Association (AAA).

If you’re reading this blog, chances are, you care about being a safe driver. If you took every precaution yet still were involved in a car accident, we encourage you to contact a Las Vegas auto accident lawyer at our firm today. Shook & Stone fights for the financial compensation of car accident victims, so call for a free case evaluation today.


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