With Super Bowl XLV just days away, many of us have football on the brain. So while you’re analyzing whether the Packers or the Steelers have the upper hand, here’s a little food for thought:
Just as having a solid defensive strategy can help teams get to the Super Bowl—in fact, some say it wins championships—it can also help you stay safe when you’re behind the wheel.
When you skid on the highway or a driver suddenly swerves into your lane, a good defensive driving strategy could help you prevent a dicey situation from turning into an accident. (Remember, you can count on your insurer to protect you, your passengers and your car if you do get into an accident.)
Here are some championship-level defensive driving tactics:
• Eliminate distractions, like mobile devices, food and loud music.
• Give the driver in front of you three to four seconds of lead time.
• Increase your lead time and be extra cautious in bad weather and at night.
• Be aware of what’s around and ahead of you, so you can react quickly if, for example, there’s something in your path. Generally, experts recommend scanning the road 15 to 20 seconds of you.
• Be aware of other drivers and prepare for the unexpected. For example, don’t expect other drivers to yield to you.
• Avoid aggressive drivers by slowing down or changing lanes.
• Try to stay alert. Sleepy drivers tend to react more slowly and have impaired judgment.
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The information in this blog may vary based on your particular state or situation. Always refer to your insurance policy for your specific coverages.