September 19, 2023 | Allison Robertson

10 Defensive Driving Tips

10 Defensive Driving Tips

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We've all encountered that driver—the one who zips around corners, ignores stop signs, or perhaps treats a freeway like a scene from 'Fast & Furious'. Annoying, right? But fear not, because I've got your back with some cool and crucial defensive driving tips.

Time to ride safely, stylishly, and with confidence!

1. Be the Observer

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Get those detective glasses on! Always stay alert and observe what's going on around you. Scan the road, check your mirrors, and be wary of blind spots. Remember, it's not about being paranoid—it's about being prepared.

2. Expect the Unexpected

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You might be a driving pro, but not everyone got the memo. Expect others to make last-minute lane changes or slam their brakes. Anticipate the unexpected moves of other drivers and be ready to respond.

3. Two-Second Rule

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You've probably heard this one before. Always maintain at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front. Need a tip? Pick a landmark, like a signpost. Once the car ahead passes it, count "one Mississippi, two Mississippi." You should pass the same landmark after you finish counting.

4. Night Owl Wisdom


Driving at night? Dim those dash lights a bit and increase your following distance. And if an oncoming car has super bright lights, avoid the glare by looking down and to the right, using the white line on the side of the road as a guide.

5. Weather Woes

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Rain, snow, or even a hail of locusts—drive according to the conditions. Slow down, increase your following distance, and avoid sudden maneuvers in bad weather. Oh, and those foggy mornings? Low beam headlights are your best friends.

6. Distraction Destruction

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Texts can wait, and so can that irresistible selfie. Distracted driving is a big no-no. If something's urgent, pull over safely and then check your phone or snack on that burrito.

7. Beware of the Blind

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Check, double-check, and even triple-check those blind spots, especially before changing lanes. Some sneaky cars (or even motorbikes) might be lurking there!

8. Green Doesn't Always Mean Go

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Yes, we've all been there. The light turns green, and you're eager to move. But take a second to glance both ways before zooming off. Some hurried (or distracted) driver might be trying to make that yellow light.

9. The Right Stop

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When stopping behind another car, make sure you can see its rear tires touching the ground. This ensures you've got enough room to maneuver in case you need to get around it.

10. Be a Smooth Operator

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Jerky moves are for dance floors, not roads. Smooth driving not only makes your ride comfy but also reduces the chances of a mishap.

So, there you have it! The open road's calling, and now you're all set to navigate it with style, smarts, and a sprinkle of sass. Here's to safer, smoother journeys ahead!


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