You may never have had a collision. Or received a citation for
speeding. Or even paid a parking ticket. But no matter how well you
drive, it always helps to keep in mind these four proactive
- Extend your vision. Rather than staring directly in front of
your vehicle, focus on where it will be positioned 10 to 12 seconds
down the road-the zone where an accident is more likely to
- Scan the entire scene. Shift your focus every few seconds from
the windshield to the rear and side mirrors to check for
pedestrians, bicyclists, erratic drivers, construction, traffic
congestion, oncoming trucks and motorcycles, and changing road
- Demonstrate your intentions. Whether using your signal to
indicate a right or left turn, hazards to warn that you need to
slow down because of a flat tire, or horn to assert your right of
way, it always helps other drivers and pedestrians make their own
appropriate decisions when they understand yours.
- Plan an escape route. Based on your speed and the proximity of
other cars on the road, give yourself enough time and space to
maneuver smoothly and stop if necessary. For instance, never
tailgate and always estimate conservatively the time it will take
to pass another car if you want to avoid a crash.
Each of these four practices depends on your ability to focus,
stay alert and take decisive action. Be proactive, not reactive,
and you'll increase your confidence behind the wheel.
For more information, please visit us at www.libertymutual.com/ana
or call 1-800-524-9400 (mention client # 115394).
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