There is always a risk of being involved in an accident every time you drive your vehicle. You cannot control how other drivers drive, putting you at their mercy. Whether they are drunk, speeding, distracted or texting, they pose a risk of colliding with you. That is why is good to be a defensive driver.

To drive defensively is to actively look for problems on the road and proactively avoid the dangerous situation. It is a skill that can keep you from being involved in a Milwaukee auto accident. Some tips to make you more of a defensive driver are:

  • Your safety first. When thinking about driving defensively, think about your safety first. Avoid being overly aggressive behind the wheel. Always put on your seat belt and lock your doors to keep you from being ejected from the vehicle.
  • Know your surroundings. Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Use your mirrors frequently, scanning between the rear view, driver side and passenger side. Also, know what is going on 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. If you notice another driver who is potentially dangerous, stay clear.
  • Only depend on yourself. You should never assume you know what other drivers are going to do. It is better to assume that the other driver is going to run a light or stop signs or make an un-signaled turn and be prepared to react accordingly. Always anticipate the worst-case scenario.
  • Have a way out. Know where you are going to go—and what you are going to do—if another vehicle causes danger for you. If a vehicle suddenly swerves towards you or slams his brakes, you should have an alternative path to safety.

If you have been involved in a Milwaukee car crash you may be entitled to compensation. For a free case evaluation, contact a Wisconsin auto accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham. They will fight for the settlement you deserve. Call today at 800-800-5678 and ask how you can receive your FREE copy of  their glove box Accident Assistance Guide.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.