15 Defensive Driving Secrets That Can Save Your Life

How to drive a car safely? How to drive a car with an automatic transmission? Safety is everything when it comes to driving.
For example, do you know how to drive in winter weather? If you don’t feel sure about your driving skills, then watch these 15 secrets from the specialists of defensive driving.

The most important rule for when you’re in a drift is not to brake. We mean than blocked wheels don’t let the driver control the car at all. There are only two ways of dealing with drifts, and they are different for each type of drive.

We’re sure that you know these methods, but we still have a few secrets from the specialists of defensive driving to offer you.

How to avoid a car accident 0:29
Always keep the right distance 0:55
Look further 1:13
Use clutch and brake in the winter 1:34
How to drive in fog 1:56
ABS VS. no ABS 2:23
How to drive when drifting 3:08
Check the road 4:21
Divide by two 4:48
The surface road 5:11
Pick a side 5:36
Higher gear 5:51
Don’t overestimate other drivers 6:05
Have an emergency plan 6:32
Use car technology wisely 7:04

Where danger can come from.
The places where people brake more often are usually the most slippery: before turns, pedestrian crossings, and bus stops. You should keep the same speed there and start braking early.

Keeping the right distance.
In winter, the distance between two cars should be two times bigger than in summer. But don’t leave too much space because someone else will want to get in the middle.

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Looking further
Don’t look only at the car in front of you. Keep it in your sight, but also look further — 4-5 cars further.

Using clutch and brake in the winter.
In winter, you shouldn’t push the clutch pedal together with the brake pedal. In this case, the wheels can get blocked and the car will be put into a drift.

Driving in fog.
Make sure your headlights are on but don’t use high beams. Those will reflect off of the vapor in the air and only make things worse.

ABS car owners.
The anti-lock braking system neutralizes the brake pedal on icy roads if you push it too fast and too hard. Instead of braking suddenly, the system causes the pedal to vibrate, so you can turn the wheel and put it in the initial position.

None ABS car owners.
The best way to brake in winter is using the brake pedal together with the downshift speeds. You should push the brake pedal shortly and then fully unblock the wheels. Repeat before the full stop.

How to regain control when drifting
If your car starts drifting, don’t panic and don’t hit the brake pedal! Another mistake most people make is wrenching the wheel round and in this way over-compensating.

Check the road.
When driving on winter roads, hit the brake pedal and let it go several times. If you feel that the car stops, the road is good; if you don’t, it means that the road is icy. Do this as often as possible. Make sure you aren’t creating dangerous situations, of course.


Divide by two.
If in summer you can drive at 80 miles per hour, then in winter, you should drive at 40 miles per hour. This way, you will make sure that you will have enough time to react if your car starts drifting.

The surface road.
On any road, try to drive the car so that all 4 wheels are on the same surface.

Pick a side
To avoid bounces between the walls of a deep track, push either the inside or the outside part of the wheels against the wall.

Higher gear.
On an icy road, you should drive in a higher gear. Again, take the summer norm and increase the gear by one when you’re driving in winter.

Don’t overestimate other drivers.
People will speed, drive on red, and not let you merge from time to time. Staying alert for others to make mistakes is an essential defensive driving trick.

Have an emergency plan.
Always leave enough space around your car to swerve to safety if you should. An emergency plan and an escape route in mind provide extra safety for you.

Use technology wisely.
Use planners available for your smartphone to make sure you never forget to have your wheels changed. Set a reminder right now, so every October you will be reminded that it’s time you thought about your safety.

What driving secrets do you know? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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