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Can defensive driving prevent accidents?

As a motorist in Mississippi, it’s up to you to preserve the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. Employing defensive driving behaviors are crucial in this case. While you can’t always avoid an accident, especially when others drive carelessly, you can greatly mitigate the chance of a serious collision. Esurance offers the following tips on defensive driving habits.

Steer clear of aggressive drivers

If you notice a person driving erratically, such as swerving or weaving in and out of lanes, your best bet is to avoid the vehicle. It’s best to keep a safe difference between you and other vehicles at all times, as this will ensure you have enough time to stop.  You should also look to the road ahead for potential issues and make ample use of your mirrors.

Avoiding blind spots

While checking your mirrors is important, blind spots are areas around your vehicle that are invisible from your mirrors alone. While you should continuously check your blind spots, make sure you’re not driving in the blind spots of other vehicles as well. This is particularly important when driving around large commercial vehicles. Drivers of trucks and buses have a limited view of the road, and can easily collide with other vehicles as a result.

Not driving distracted

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. While driving and texting is certainly dangerous, many other behaviors also fall into this category. For instance, eating behind the wheel is considered distracted driving, as is talking to passengers, adjusting the radio, or even daydreaming. Focus on the road so you can react to unexpected occurrences and road hazards.

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