What is Defensive Driving?
Driving defensively means always paying attention not only to the car ahead of you but of all your surroundings at all times. Defensive drivers anticipate what drivers next to them might do at any time to cause an accident, so they can avoid an accident. While this may sound negative, assume that any car around will make the worst move possible and look out for it. If you see someone driving aggressively, steer clear and let them go.
Driving Defensively in Manhattan to Avoid a Car Accident
Focus all of your attention on driving. While this is easier said than done, this means not letting your mind wander thereby decreasing your focus on the road. Four-way stop signs are a perfect example of how driving defensively can turn a potential intersection accident into a safe arrival at your planned destination. Let the other cars at the intersection go first, especially if one or more of the cars at the intersection seems overly aggressive and inching the front of their car out into the intersection. Before you proceed, pause for a second and ensure that one of the other cars is not planning on darting out.
Avoid Dangerous Situations
While driving in bad weather is sometimes unavoidable, if have a choice, avoid bad weather driving altogether, thereby reducing your chance of a car accident. If you must drive in inclement weather, give yourself extra driving time and leave plenty of distance between the car you’re operating and the vehicle in front of you.
While many late model cars are equipped with onboard GPS, don’t let this admittedly helpful feature distract you. Program the GPS to get to your intended destination before you leave and don’t play with it while driving. If you need to re-route or otherwise adjust the GPS, pull to the side of the road when safe to do so.
If the worst-case scenario happens and you are involved in a Manhattan car crash, stay calm and notify the police. If you are hurt, get to a nearby hospital to be checked out. And if the accident was not your fault, after you are done getting treated at the hospital, contact a Manhattan car accident lawyer at 212-518-2095 or go online.