How To Do Defensive Driving
Driving in the UAE requires constant attention from the people driving. While experienced drivers are able to adjust well enough, but for novice drivers, the high-speed situations that happen on the roads of Dubai might get panicky.
Accidents can’t be prevented completely anyhow but if the person is well informed and understands different kinds of situations, it is possible to save self from any damage. Defensive driving is a way to handle such situations, it involves understanding and adopting various defensive driving techniques. These not only involve observing surroundings in a proactive fashion but also making well-informed decisions for preventing any accidents. There are times when a person is driving safely but the people around aren’t driving safely. In such cases, it is important to follow such tips rather than letting any driver catch you off-guard.
Accidents can’t be stopped completely, but the probability of such accidents can be decreased by these practices.
Eliminate Any Distractions
Most of the accidents that happen are due to distractions, be it cognitive, visual or manual. Therefore, the first move in defensive driving is avoiding such distractions. It is important to remove any such distracting element in the vicinity. Always be mentally alert and yearn to focus when taking the wheel. If a call has to made, then stop and park on the roadside. Any activity such as eating, using the mobile or any such activity should be avoided.
Make A Point To Focus on the Horizon
Rather than focusing on the car in front, make sure you keep your eye on the horizon. This is important so that you can identify and check the traffic farther away; knowing commotion earlier ahead will help prevent the car from being stopped in a knee jerk reaction as you will have enough reaction time. Also, braking gently helps put less load on the car’s parts thus, elongating the life span of car’s important parts.
Watch Out For Blind Spots
Another leading cause behind accidents are blind spots. Adjust the vehicle’s mirrors for minimising any visibility gap between the vehicle’s rear view and the side mirrors. The car’s side mirrors should be adjusted so that the car’s side can be seen from the inside edge of the mirror. are a leading cause of accidents. Adjust mirrors to minimise visibility gap between the rear view and side mirrors. Side mirrors should be adjusted just beyond the point where you could
An important point to note is that while a person might be checking and making use of the side mirrors in all cases, not every driver does so. Because of this, try not to find yourself in a situation where you are in the blind spot of the other car. If you find yourself in such situation, try to put some distance between your car and the other car, or accelerate so that you are visible to the other driver(outside of the blind spot).
Check During Intersections
Before crossing an intersection, make sure to look on both left and right sides for anybody jumping the signal.
A lot of people start driving as soon as the light turns green. But at times, people try to swerve past while there is a yellow light in a bid to avoid the red light. This is why it is important to look at all sides before going past the green light, especially if you are in the front line.
Avoid Being In The Vicinity Of The Careless Drivers
When on the road, it is not hard to look for the careless or reckless drivers. Some of the most reckless drivers try to zig zag unnecessarily and they should be avoided at all costs.
Try to change the lane and slow down to avoid being around such drivers. This will prevent any chance of a person being rear ended without any mistake on the person’s end. Make sure to follow these pointers.
- Learn to Swerve: Swerving should be avoided at all costs unless there is absolutely no scope of avoiding an accident. It is important to know how and when to swerve. For safely swerving, make sure that the lane that you’ll be entering is empty and make sure to return to own lane immediately.
- Avoid Tailgating: Driving behind a vehicle closely increases the chance of an accident happening. Try to keep a distance of at least 5-10 feet from the vehicle in front of you. If the vehicle in front is a heavy vehicle, or if the road is slippery, increase the gap between the vehicle in front.