Driving can be an intimidating task for the new and young drivers. Driving in the heavy traffic of the UAE is not for the faint of hearts, you have to be hyper vigilant and ready to take measures in your hand whenever it is necessary.
However, young and new drivers are easily intimidated by heavy traffic and more experienced drivers. Since most of them want to stay safe and cautious rather than become a part of a hefty road accident, they try to drive like the rest of the people and this is the reason why they are in so many road accidents.
If you are one of those drivers who want to stay safe yet at the same time, you want to reach your destination, you can follow the below mentioned defensive driving tips that will not only help you, but they will also give you confidence to drive more smoothly and quickly become an expert at driving.
Here are some defensive driving tips that everyone, but especially young and new drivers should use for safe driving.
Say No to Cellphone
While driving on any kind of road or in any condition, a driver should not be using cellphone or any kind of external device. Your whole focus should be on your driving and the road ahead. Using your cellphone while driving can be a very dangerous mix. Since you will not be paying attention to the road, you will become vulnerable to other reckless, inattentive drivers and you may even cause trouble for other people as well.
The best way to avoid any dangerous situation is by not using your cellphone at all while you are driving. If you really have to use the cellphone or if you have an emergency, pull over to the side of the car and then use your phone because this way you will be out of other people’s way.
Maintain Your Distance
Defensive driving means that you will ignoring any or every habit that will put in danger or at risk. Maintaining proper distance between vehicles becomes very important in defensive driving. Sometimes drivers have to press brake very abruptly and if you are driving really close to the car, you may cause an accident.
Even if you have to come to a sudden stop, you should make sure that there is enough distance between you and the car ahead of you so that you don’t have a sudden collision that neither of you can control. This is the reason why you should leave two cars’ length distance between your car and the car ahead of you, especially if you are diving in bad weather and visibility conditions.
Notice Your Traffic Signs
You should always take notice of the traffic signs while you are driving. They become very important, especially if you are driving on a new road that you have never experienced before. You need to pay attention to the traffic signs because that is the only way you will know if you are driving on one way, the speed limit of the road or any other thing that you should absolutely know.
You must never try to copy the driver ahead of you. You should never follow the driver ahead because if he makes the wrong decision, you might become susceptible to making the same mistake as well. If they are not following the proper traffic rules, you will be breaking those same rules and if they get pulled over by the traffic police, so will you.
Practice Driving In All Weather Conditions
How will you know you are capable of driving in all conditions if you never practice driving in all conditions? Although it is advisable to not drive in any low visibility or bad weather conditions, it is best to practice driving in these conditions so that you are ready to drive if you ever have to.
If you are not sure if you can handle it on your own, you should take someone with more experience with you so that they can correct you and make sure that you know everything that you should to drive safely in such conditions.
Living in the UAE means that you will have to be prepared to drive in sandstorms, dust storms, rain and floods. It is always better to be safe than sorry later when you have an accident or you are in trouble with a broken down car and no one to help you.
Make Way for Other People
You might be impatient and you might be in a hurry, but you must give the right of way to the other people. You should always maintain your lane and make sure that you don’t deviate from it, and if you are in someone’s way wrongfully, you should correct yourself and make way for the person who is in the right road and lane.
This is the reason why it is very important to maintain your lane so that neither you get in the way of someone nor someone else gets in your way. This is one and only way you will be able to ignore such a situation and stay safe on the road in such a situation.
What Else Can You Do?
There is one more thing that you can do and that is to make sure that you are paying attention to the road. In order to stay safe and defensive, you need to make sure that you know the road and you can see what is happening around you.
If a car is wrongfully coming your way, you can see it coming and you will be able to get out of harm’s way. Also, you will know the blind spots, the turns and the cars that may be coming from multiple directions. This becomes very important especially when you are driving in heavy traffic and you have no prior experience of driving on that road or in such conditions.
Always keep your eyes on the road and the cars around you. This is the best way you can stay safe, defensive and protected while you drive your car. These tips are even helpful for the experienced drivers so don’t hesitate to share them with everyone you know.