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Good driving habits that can keep you safe

Good driving habits are not just about keeping the roads safe for other people, they can also go a long way to help you avoid accidents caused by other drivers' bad habits. By practicing defensive driving techniques, you can substantially decrease your chances of becoming involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Whether you have recently completed a driving course or you have years of experience, it is always a good idea to evaluate your driving habits and make adjustments where necessary. Here are some safe driving techniques to practice next time you are on the road.

Use your turn signals

Vehicles have turn signals so that you can let other drivers know your intentions. In addition, the flashing light might get the attention of the driver behind you so that he or she slows down in time to avoid hitting you while you make your turn.

Stay with the flow of traffic

A driver who is going too fast or too slowly is actually disrupting the flow of traffic. Those who are speeding and weaving in and out of traffic can cause other drivers to suddenly hit their brakes or swerve to avoid a potential wreck. Drivers who are going too slowly might not be seen by drivers moving with the flow of traffic.

Avoid distractions

Distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers due to their reduced focus on the road and slower reaction times. Unfortunately, even taking a few seconds to adjust the thermostat can be enough to cause you to miss the signs that another driver is even more distracted.

Keep up with maintenance

Keeping a well maintained car can also help you avoid a car accident. For example, if your brake pads become too worn or the tread on your tires is not in good condition, you may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

While the above driving habits can reduce your risk of a car accident, sometimes it is impossible to dodge a wreck since they tend to happen in the blink of an eye. If you have been involved in a collision with a negligent or reckless driver, you might be able to file a claim for compensation.

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