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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Ways to Avoid a Traffic Collision

01 Apr Blog | Comments

There are things and events in life that you just cannot avoid. You have to pay taxes, your birthday will roll around every year (Not saying you have to acknowledge it, but it will come), and you have to drink water and eat food. Most other things in life you can somehow manage to avoid, with a little persistence and knowledge.

In most cases, a traffic collision could have been avoided had both people been driving defensively. The rest of this article will be giving you ways to avoid a traffic collision, by driving defensively.

NO PHONES – Part of driving defensively is being aware of what is going on around you. You cannot be paying attention to your surroundings if you are talking on the phone or texting. One lady was texting on her phone. She had “checked” before she looked down. There was no car in front of her to worry about or behind her either. What she failed to do was look into the trees to her left. While she was texting, several deer ran across the street and she ran into one of them, totally her car.

Follow the road rules – The rules of the road are there for a reason. For example the speed limit drops from 35 mph to 25 mph in residential areas. That rule is in place because there are more people, bikes and other cars to worry about. One gentleman was going 35 mph through a town and decided he could make it through the light that was changing. He ended up hitting a person on a bicycle coming from the other direction. Had he been going the speed limit he would have stopped for that light changing allowing the person on the bicycle their right of way.

Look before you go – We are all busy and trying to get where ever we need to go quickly. However the goal is to get there in one piece. Take the extra second to do what your Mom taught you to do, look both ways and then yes, look both ways again. If everyone would do that, the amount of collisions would drop dramatically. Just slowing down for that second allows you to see something you might have missed otherwise.

Limit your distractions – Eating food, playing the radio and having a car full of people are all distractions that can cause you to lose focus on the road. One by itself can be dangerous, add in more and the level of danger increases exponentially. This can be even more of an issue for a new driver.

Driving is something most of us do every day. Sometimes we forget that driving and texting, or driving and speeding can kill you and/or other people. Being a defensive driver is all about being aware of your surroundings. If you pay attention to what is going on around you, you can be prepared for what might happen around you.  By being prepared you can avoid the collision completely or at least minimize the damage.

 

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