Risk management

Defensive driving

Driving hazards

Knowing more about driving hazards is a good first to defensive driving tactics. As you might imagine, there are many type of driving hazards that you may have face on any given day. By understanding what these are before you get behind the wheel, you can help prevent accidents and injuries while driving.

Some of the more common driving hazards you need to know when it comes to defensive driving, include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to keep vehicles in good operating condition
  • Driving under the influence

Here are some key driving hazards which you must be on the lookout for at all times:

Reckless driving, such as; speeding, weaving through traffic, ignoring signs and signals, tailgating, and dangerous passing.

Distracted driving including using cell phones—and especially texting—putting on make-up, eating or drinking, writing or reading, or getting wrapped up in thoughts or emotions and failing to pay attention to the road.

Fatigue that results in poor judgment and slow reaction times. Keep in mind that fatigue is not just being sleepy but can include overused muscles and headaches from long periods behind the wheel.

Aggressive driving, having to get there first and cutting people off, blowing horns, flashing lights, and making obscene or angry gestures at anyone who gets in the way.

Failure to maintain vehicles in good operating condition, such as; driving with brakes that aren’t working effectively, lights that are out, and bald tires.

Of course, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is responsible for about one-third of all road accidents.

Have you seen any of these hazards on the road recently? Ask others to talk about their own driving experiences recently, identifying which of these hazards they’ve seen on the road.

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The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.