The 10 rules of preventive driving

Road accidents are present and always have a reason to be. That is why it will always be important to take a precautionary attitude, when driving.

But what is preventive driving? How can we do it? Today we will talk more about preventive driving and provide you with 10 essential rules to achieve it.

What is preventive driving?

Preventive driving is adapting to all circumstances that can influence driving and anticipating dangerous situations.

Within preventive driving you can obtain a set of techniques that allow the driver to depend on his behavior, to avoid any accident.

It is not necessary to avoid an accident in order not to be harmed on the road, but it is only necessary to know how to anticipate, to know what will happen and how to act.

Preventive driving is based on three principles: Vision, anticipation and space management.

Vision technique

It makes the driver look in advance at the area where he will be located in a short time.


It allows, among other techniques, the driver to react to any obstacle with enough time to avoid any risk.

Space management

Anticipation is taken into account, to evaluate any management within the space. In this case, the road or any street in the city.

Keep a safety distance that guarantees 3 seconds minimum of reaction.

Observe your space at the sides, to avoid areas of uncertainty that may be invaded by other drivers.

Without a doubt, in this period the number of accidents increases considerably, due to weather conditions, and that is why we also want to provide you with 10 basic rules of preventive driving.

Rules of preventive driving

Respect traffic signs

The first rule of preventive driving is to respect traffic signs. According to research, most traffic accidents, whether urban or on highways, have been caused by drivers who have violated traffic signs or regulations.

Respecting these signs allows us to travel correctly on the different roads, and they are also taken into account as advance information.

Using the seat belt

Studies show, through research, that the use of seat belts reduces the chances of serious injury by 80%, in the event of an accident.

It is a basic rule of preventive driving. If you do not take into account the other rules, the use of the belt will not help you prevent accidents, but it will provide protection at the time of any incident.

Do not drive under the influence of alcohol

One of the biggest mistakes in driving is driving on the road under the influence of alcohol. It causes distraction, sleep and speeding.

Alcohol prevents the ability to react to any space management.

Night driving

The risk of having an incident increases at night, when traffic is faster and visibility is lower.

Night driving changes the perception of the environment. You should take into account preventive or defensive driving, in order to avoid any accident by reducing speed, as this becomes more relevant.

At night dazzling occurs, the same that causes total blindness.

Take distance

Maintain sufficient separation from both the vehicle in front and the vehicle behind. This will help you to brake early and progressively, to be more alert to other drivers.

At this point, the two important factors are the reaction time of the driver and the braking time of the vehicle

The reaction time

It will be the one that passes since the driver can see from a distance any obstacle.

Braking time

This will depend on the condition of the vehicle with respect to the brakes, among other factors.

Firm position while driving

Keep both hands on the wheel, firmly. This will allow us to act immediately, in case of any emergency.

You should keep your head supported on the vehicle seat or headrest, as this is a safety feature designed to withstand the blow of the head backwards, in any impact.

Assess the climate condition

Most traffic accidents occur on rainy days. The technique, in this case, is based on discovering the potential dangers that can happen at any time.

Keep in mind that conditions on the streets get worse and lose grip, and that the ability to drive well gets worse, so you have to look for the right speed, at that moment.

It is recommended that if you encounter fog on the road, you should not stop, but rather proceed with greater caution and at a low speed, to where you can stop at a safer service location.

You may be interested in the following article: Driving in fog, how to act?

Do not park in alternate lanes

If you do this you will be impeding the flow of traffic and this will cause congestion to form.

By forcing other drivers to change lanes, you can cause a side or rear-end accident.

Use Turn Signals

It is an important rule in preventive driving. This will help other drivers know how to react better and in time, the moment you will cross to the right or to the left. You will avoid all kinds of incidents.

Keep the vehicle in good condition

It is one of the factors that contribute to avoid risks on the roads. If a vehicle is defective, it could cause any incident.

Make certain checks before leaving, to make sure you are safe when driving.

Above all, it is important to anticipate, and that is why preventive driving is relevant. If we drive slower we will have a better view and this will give us time to maneuver and react in time, in the midst of the unexpected.

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Within the courses you will find preventive driving classes, to provide you with more safety.

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