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How to be a defensive driver in North Carolina

Defensive driving is an important skill to have, no matter your experience behind the wheel. It is vital to learn the different ways you can be defensive when driving since it can help keep you safe on all types of roads. Here are some tips for becoming a better defensive driver in North Carolina.

Thinking is an important task drivers utilize each day they get behind the wheel. There's plenty to think about when driving, including the conditions of the road, the position of the vehicle, your speed, driving laws, following directions and anticipating the other motorists around you. You must stay focused when behind the wheel.

Alertness is different from focus. A person can lose his or her alertness if he or she drives while intoxicated or drives when tired. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when not alert can be a recipe for disaster.

A defensive driver will never depend on the other driver near his or her vehicle to make the right decision. It's understandable that you want to be considerate to other drivers, but you should be your number one concern when driving. Anticipate that all other drivers will run red lights, fail to stop at stop signs, swerve into your lane and not allow you to merge into traffic.

The highest risk of a collision is in front of you, which is why you should always leave a three- to four-second following distance. Using this following distance will allow you to stop in time should something happen in front of your vehicle.

Get rid of all distractions when behind the wheel. This includes your mobile phone. Do not text and drive or make phone calls, unless you can connect your phone to the vehicle and use it without your hands.

Some of the best defensive drivers know how to create an escape route with their vehicle. They put themselves in a position to be seen by other cars, limiting their chances of being involved in an accident.

Have you been involved in a distracted driver car accident? Speak with a Wilson, North Carolina, motor vehicle accidents attorney to discuss your case and the damages you can recover.

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