Driving can be dangerous, especially if a driver is not prepared for precarious situations. Too many drivers in the United States are not prepared to drive proactively. Proactive driving is preparing for anything that can be encountered on the road, including collisions, poor weather and bad drivers. Proactive drivers can save lives and thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. Here are just four ways a driver can learn to be a proactive driver.
1. Plan for the unexpected- Storms, detours and other road hazards can cause you to be late for meetings, sporting events and other activities. Being late causes you to speed to make up for lost time. Plan for at least 10-15 minutes of delays when you are driving so you can follow all traffic laws, keeping you and others safe.
2. Don’t wait for others to do what they are supposed to do- If you have been out on the roads you know not everyone does what they are supposed to do. Some are speeding, some don’t look for others as they pass and some are distracted by texting or other non-driving activities. When driving, do what you should do and be prepared to react to drivers who do not care for your well-being.
3. Take a driver’s education course- Learning traffic laws, good driving techniques and reaction skills can be a lifesaver for thousands of people each year. Be sure to research good driver’s ed. courses in your area– learning from law enforcement can be a great learning opportunity.
4. Be focused on driving- Do not text, change the radio station, change music on your iPod or any other activity that would take your attention off the road. Ten percent of all car accidents happen when drivers are distracted, don’t be part of the 10 percent.
Just remember, driving is a privilege and people are counting on you to drive safely. Learning proactive driving skills can keep you safe on the roads and get you to your destination safely.