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How can I become a better defensive driver?

One of the most important lessons taught to new drivers is how to be a defensive driver. Parents don't simply hand the keys to their car over to a newly licensed teen driver without providing plenty of lessons, guidance and actual behind-the-wheel training in empty parking lots and dead-end streets. Here are some important things to remember when improving your defensive driving skills.

It is vital to learn how to spot dangers around you when behind the wheel. These dangers include others using a cellphone, erratic driving, speeding, unsafe passing and much more. If you can spot these issues when on the road, you should be able to avoid an accident.

Teach yourself not to speed. This can be difficult to do, especially for new drivers. Speeding becomes a popular thing to do when on a large highway where everyone else around you is going well above the speed limit. You almost feel like you have to keep up with the traffic. Always obey the posted speed limit and other traffic rules.

Never drive intoxicated or with not enough sleep. Both of these issues can impair your judgment and reaction time when behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is often compared to drunk driving because of your lack of brain power.

Plan an escape route when you are driving, no matter where you are driving. This means your vehicle is in an opportune spot to maneuver away from an accident that occurs, an animal that runs onto the road and many other hazards.

Still wondering how you can become a better defensive driver in Tennessee? A personal injury attorney can answer all of your questions surrounding motor vehicle accidents and how to protect your rights if you are ever involved in one.

Source: TeensHealth, "The Keys to Defensive Driving," accessed Aug. 11, 2017

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