For some of us, the most dangerous thing we do every day is drive to and from work. For others, driving is simply part of the job. To complete these tasks safely on a daily basis, we must practice defensive driving. Defensive driving techniques help reduce the risk of accidents and collisions through anticipating potentially dangerous situations including adverse conditions and even actions and mistakes made by others. Adhering to some general rules and incorporating specific driving techniques into your everyday commute can help reduce incidents. The following safety tips will help make you a safer, more defensive driver.

  • Stay Focused – When you are driving, your only focus should be on the road. No devices, people, or things should be capturing your attention. While the car is moving, refrain from activities such as cell phone use, touching up make-up, or eating.
  • Be a Defensive Driver – When you are driving, assess and know what you would do or where you would go if something were to go wrong. Having a plan helps you navigate situations quickly when seconds matter—and can be what saves your life.
  • Wear a Seat Belt – Vehicles are equipped with seat belts for a reason, and they should be used whenever the car is moving.
  • Maintain Safe Traveling Distance – The general rule of thumb when operating a vehicle is to stay three to four seconds behind the car in front of you. Doing this gives you enough time in case they stop abruptly.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, automobile crashes are a leading cause of workplace injuries. Sadly, automobile accidents can leave people unable to work temporarily or even permanently, leaving victims without an income and creating financial instability for families.

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