During the daily commute, Interstate 4 drivers may experience a fellow motorist driving aggressively, or not paying attention. Some may cut others off; some may be distracted and swerving. Whatever is encountered, commuters on I-4 need to be aware of fellow drivers, drive defensively, and with consideration. It’s the best way to avoid causing a crash.
Below are a few tips from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on how to drive defensively.
The 2-Second Rule
Give yourself time to respond:
• Watch the vehicle ahead pass a fixed point (sign or tree)
• Count two seconds
• If you reach the mark before the 2nd second you're tailgating — back off!
Spotting Bad Driver Behavior
Be constantly on the alert for the following bad driver behavior:
• Signaling inconsistently
• Abruptly turning or swerving
Don't be an Aggressive Driver
Tests have shown that aggressive drivers tend to cause crashes. Below are common actions of aggressive drivers that should be avoided:
• Yelling at fellow motorists while driving
• Speeding up to stop drivers from "cutting in"
• Accelerating when the traffic light is yellow
Avoid Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are the most dangerous crashes. Here's how to avoid one:
• Always be on the lookout for dangerous situations
• Look for cars backing out of parking spots or driveways
• In bad weather, slow down, turn on wipers and lights
• Keep an eye out for bad drivers
Avoid the following distractions while driving:
• Eating and drinking
• Adjusting music
• Using a cell phone to talk or text
• Turning your head to talk to others in the car
For more information about defensive driving in Florida, visit http://www.dmvflorida.org/defensive-driving.shtml.