Tip of the Week – April 25, 2017 – Reduce Your Chances of Being Involved in a Traffic Collision

Defensive driving is key to avoiding becoming involved in a traffic collision and that means drivers must be aware of their surroundings and must expect the unexpected.

“If drivers can keep a small safety bubble around their vehicle, they have more options when reacting to a dangerous situation or a near collision,” said CSLEA Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman.  “That means keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, and if possible not having cars directly beside you on both lanes.   Obviously, this isn’t always possible, but you if you can put yourself in a safer situation, do so.  If the driver behind you is making you nervous with his or her tailgating and you’re in commute traffic with lots of hard-braking, just move over to another lane and let that driver hit someone else.  You don’t need the headache.”

You can do your part to play it safe by:

  • Driving at a safe speed
  • Driving without distractions
  • Following right-of-way rules
  • Coming to a complete stop at signs or signals
  • Using your turn signals
  • Obeying no U-turn and other similar traffic signs