Defensive driving reduces the chance you have a car accident. It protects you and your passengers. It also protects other road users.

It is easy to think that when you pass your driving license, you know enough. Yet, as with any skill, there is always more to learn. You can fall into bad habits, or newer, improved techniques can be discovered. Taking a defensive driving course could be money well spent.

There are online and classroom-based courses available across North Carolina. As well as keeping you safer, taking one may reduce your insurance premiums, thus paying for itself. These are some of the ways you can drive more defensively, whether you sit a course or not:

  1. Expect the worst: If you decide to pass on a narrow lane coming up to a bend, consider what if someone else, coming the other way, has the same idea.
  2. Have an escape route: Like chess players, the best drivers already know their choice of next moves.
  3. Know what is happening around you: Have you ever been passed by a car that you did not notice before? Scan the road and your mirrors regularly.
  4. Give yourself time: Leave space between yourself and the car in front, to give you more time to react.
  5. Understand how your mental state affects driving: Feeling tired, stressed, hungover, angry, even sad, all affect the way you drive.
  6. Avoid distractions: You cannot know what is going on around you if you are fiddling with your phone or opening a packet of chips.

Defensive driving can increase your chances of avoiding a car accident or at least surviving one. It cannot rule them out entirely. If you are injured due to the negligence of another driver, seek legal help.