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Drive defensively to enhance your safety

There are many things you can do as a driver to improve your overall level of safety. If you don't know what it means to drive defensively, there is no better time than now to adjust your approach. By doing so, you will feel more confident every time you get behind the wheel.

Here are a few defensive driving tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Be aware of other drivers, such as how fast they are driving and the decisions they could make.
  • Always assume that other drivers will make poor decisions, as this will keep you prepared.
  • Keep a two-second cushion between your vehicle and others. If the weather is bad, leave yourself even more space

These are just a few of the many things you can do to drive defensively. Taking these steps does not guarantee that you will never be involved in a crash, but it helps.

The only problem with defensive driving is that others may not take the same approach. While you are doing this, somebody else may be entirely too aggressive. This means that you could still be part of a crash.

If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident, pull your car to safety and call 911. You should focus on your health and well being for the meantime.

Once you have a clear idea of your injuries and what to expect in terms of follow up care, you can turn your attention to your legal rights. There may be a way for you to receive compensation for your injuries and any other damages.

Source: Nationwide, "Driving safety tips to avoid accidents," accessed Aug. 22, 2017

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