Adequate driving is simply the process of following the traffic laws and driving reasonably. You’re doing the minimum that you need to do. It’s safe enough, so to speak, and you’re unlikely to cause an accident.
Defensive driving on, the other hand, is the art of actively looking for hazards and making yourself even safer by worrying about the drivers out there who are somewhat less-than-adequate. It’s one of the best ways to avoid accidents. Here are a few tips that can help you drive this way.
Anticipate errors or dangerous maneuvers
Look for things that other people are doing wrong. For instance, someone may try to pass you when you can see oncoming traffic. Legally, you can keep driving at the same speed, but a good defensive driver will slow down and give them space to get back in the lane.
Understand high-risk areas
One of the most dangerous places on any road is an intersection. Don’t just drive blindly into it because the light is green or because it’s your turn. Look for other drivers that may run the red light or drive out of turn, and do what you can to avoid a crash.
Always stay focused and alert
The main key to defensive driving is just staying focus on the road at all times. Take safety seriously. Scan for hazards. Think about how to avoid them. And, of course, avoid distractions like using the phone or talking to a friend.
Accidents can still happen
Unfortunately, there is no level of defensive driving that guarantees someone else won’t injure you after causing a crash. Drivers make mistakes. You can’t avoid them all. What you can do is look into your rights to compensation after the crash.