Avoid that Car Accident - Basic Driving Techniques

What’s the best way to avoid accidents? There’s no concrete way to avoid one - especially if the other driver is at fault! And while car accidents can happen to the least suspecting driver, there are a few driving techniques that will come in handy!

Driving posture

Your driving posture plays a massive role in how fast you are able to react to accidents. It also impacts how tired or fatigued you will get during a car ride. Things to keep in mind when seating yourself in your car include your seat belt, your driver’s seat and the mirror positions. Be sure to properly adjust your driving posture and position every time that you get into your car - and take an extra moment if you’re driving a car that you’re unfamiliar with.

Braking techniques

Did you know that there is a safer way to brake? Correct braking is actually done in two phases - first lightly applying pressure to your brakes followed by a short pause and then applying progressive pressure to appropriately come to a stop. Of course, if an accident is about to happen - especially when you are not at fault - it's often difficult to take these braking techniques into consideration.

Steering techniques

Before we get into the different steering techniques, let’s chat about hand position! Your hands should be placed on your steering wheel on opposite sides - your grip should be firm. There are a couple of steering methods - Hand to hand steering and hand over hand steering. Steering methods or techniques can really assist you to have a smoother and more controlled driving experience.

Accidents - when you’re not at fault

Unexpected accidents can really hit at the most inconvenient moments - and being unexpected, you’re unlikely to have a moment to make adjustments to minimise impact or damage. Not at fault means that the other driver has caused the accident - whether its a minor fender bender in the parking lot or a light bumper bashing in traffic. Driving techniques that can potentially prevent accidents include defensive driving - basically being constantly aware of all of the drivers around you.

Defensive driving

Defensive driving is all about being alert and aware of your surroundings. It allows you to have enough time to react to other drivers should you need to move out of the way. Some ways you can implement defensive driving is by allowing a 2 to 3 second gap between you and other cars, maintaining a safe speed as well as to avoid weaving in and out of traffic.

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