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Tips for defensive driving in Connecticut

Motorists will do well to learn how to drive defensively to better avoid unnecessary accidents.

Even though you might be one of the safest drivers in the state of Connecticut, that most certainly cannot be said of everyone. To keep yourself from being involved in an unfortunate and avoidable car accident, you should learn how to drive for other people while you are behind the wheel. Learning the basics of defensive driving is sure to keep you as well as others safe on the road.

Remain vigilant

You might be used to the flow of traffic around your neighborhood and during your commute, which can lull you into a false sense of security. Always remain alert, even if no other cars are on the road; you never know when an obstruction will force you to swerve or brake to avoid it. Additionally, it is always best to only drive while sober and free of the effects of medications that can stifle your ability to drive.

Keep the rules of the road in mind

Remain aware of the speed limit, pay close attention to road signs and follow the basic rules of the road. After you have been driving for several years, it is easy to forget the fundamentals. While you might not like the positioning or operation of some traffic lights or traffic signs, know that they are in place to protect you, which is something you do not want to find out the hard way by ignoring them.

Pay attention to other vehicles

Always make yourself aware of what other drivers are doing around you. For instance, if a car behind you is swerving between lanes for no discernible reason, it is best to pull over and let it pass. The same is true if a driver behind you is getting a bit too close to your rear bumper. Take a moment every now and then to get a sense of what is going on on the road around you as well as ahead of you.

Watch your own distance

Just like you want to make sure the driver behind you is not getting too close to your bumper, you want to ensure you are not driving too close to the car in front of you. Generally, you want to keep at least three seconds of distance between you and another car, which you can measure by counting the distance from when the vehicle ahead of you passes a stationary object like a tree or streetlight. That three seconds can give you enough time to avoid an accident should the vehicle in front of you suddenly stop.

Being a defensive driver is no airtight guarantee against a motor vehicle accident in Connecticut. Should you ever be involved in one, sit down to explore your options with an attorney.

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