One of the factors responsible for many road traffic accidents is failing to anticipate dangers or spot hazards. Defensive driving is a term which is often used when you first learn to drive – this type of driving is where you prepare yourself for dangers and anticipate hazards so that you are ready to react, should the worst happen. But what are some of the dangers that could occur whilst driving and how do you anticipate them?
Dangers on the road
Roads of all shapes and sizes are filled with hazards and potential dangers that could cause an accident. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Pedestrians or pets stepping into the road
- Cyclists or motorcyclists
- Other drivers failing to signal or signalling incorrectly
- Other drivers changing lanes without signalling or changing lanes frequently
- Parked cars pulling out without checking their mirrors and surroundings
- Failing to stop at traffic lights
- Failing to adhere to road signs, speed limits or other rules
- Failing to give way at a roundabout or junction, or not checking for oncoming traffic
As you can see, there are plenty of potential dangers lurking, but by practising defensive driving, you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident and stay safer on the roads.
Staying safe by anticipating dangers
There are a few tips it is worth abiding by in order to anticipate dangers and stay safe whilst driving – these will help you to reduce your risk of being involved in a road traffic accident:
- Reduce your speed in busy areas, during adverse weather conditions or when driving on narrow, rural roads
- Always stick to the speed limit
- Be aware of pedestrians and pets by the roadside, who could suddenly step out
- Take care when overtaking/pulling around buses, as passengers could be crossing
- Always follow the Highway Code – show respect to other road users and don’t race other drivers
- Ensure you check your mirrors constantly so that you are aware of your surroundings, particularly if you are pulling out of a parking space or onto a busy road
By preparing yourself for dangers and staying aware of your surroundings, you can ensure that you have a safer driving experience.
Claiming compensation for collisions
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, despite your careful driving, you may be able to claim compensation if the other driver was to blame. Call Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll let you know within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. Because we’re recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, you know you can trust us to handle your claim professionally. Whether you are suffering from whiplash or have been severely injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, call our friendly team today to see how we can help you.