Using Proper Defensive Driving Techniques Will Keep You And Your Family Safe
Provided by: AmeriAgency Insurance
Did You Know?
Using proper defensive driving techniques will keep you and your family safe on the road
as you travel.
One of the main components of being good at defensive driving is to know
how to use your outside mirrors to detect what other motorists are doing around you.
Use these tips to adjust your mirrors and
use them properly to avoid potential
1. Park your vehicle and place your head
against the driver’s side window.
Then, set the mirror in place so you
can just see the side of the car.
2. To adjust the passenger side window,
position your head at the middle of
the vehicle and the set the mirror so
you can just see the side of the car.
3. These adjustments will ensure that
the mirrors are positioned outward
enough to eliminate blind spots.
4. Now that you can adjust your mirrors
properly, here’s how to change lanes
without an accident:
a. Look in the rear-view mirror for
vehicles approaching from behind.
b. Glance at the outside mirrors to see if
any vehicles are in your blind spot. If
you can see the entire front of a
vehicle in the rearview mirror and not
in any of the outside mirrors, it should
be safe to change lanes.
c. Do not change lanes if a motorist is
coming up on you quickly.
Best practice for Defensive Driving:
In addition to using your mirrors, you should also physically turn your head over
the appropriate shoulder to double-check your blind spot prior to changing lanes.
If the path is clear, turn on your turn signal to indicate your intentions to other
drivers behind you, and move on over.
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