Defensive Driving to Combat Impaired Drivers

Our region is no stranger to traffic delays, road construction, and adverse weather.  We house one of the busiest highways in the nation, but local  roads can be just as dangerous.  In the last few years Northern Kentucky has seen several tragic accidents due to the recent heroin epidemic.   "Being a defensive driver has taken on a new meaning in this era of drugged driving and cases of overdoses," says  Kenton County Police Chief Michael "Spike" Jones.  "Now more than ever we are urging drivers to be hyper-vigilant and to minimize all distractions while driving."  By practicing defensive driving you are lowering your risk of a collision or injury.  Here are some tips to remember.

Give yourself room-One of the basics of safe driving is allowing enough space between your vehicle  and the car in front of you.  This allows for more time to break and react if something unexpected happens.

Watch your environment-Knowing your environment is one of the best ways to be a defensive driver.  For example, if you are traveling on the interstate, be aware that other drivers are needing to change lanes, to either exit or merge onto the highway.  Other drivers may be speeding and not signaling their next move.  Being cautious of reckless drivers, maintaining a safe speed limit and watching the other vehicles around you may give you a few extra seconds to react.   The same rules apply for rural and residential areas.  Children and animals can certainly be unpredictable.  Being aware of their presence is vital since they may not be aware of yours. 

Be present-Driving can feel like second nature and it is a common time to reflect on to-do lists, work, or the kids in the backseat.    However, not being completely present in your driver's seat and focusing on safe driving can be dangerous.  A split second is all it takes to change a situation.   

Never text and drive-You're risking injury to yourself and others.   According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet,  Kentucky suffered over  50,000 accidents caused by distracted driving in 2015.  The three types of distractions include things that impair your visual, manual, and cognitive responses.  Texting involves all three of these types making it the most dangerous.  


Posted June 12, 2017 at 01:01 PM