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Defensive driving on Dixie 'Die-way'

While car accidents can occur anywhere and at any time, for a variety of reasons, residents of Louisville are probably acutely aware of the heightened risks of driving on Dixie Highway. In fact, you may even be familiar with the nickname local residents have given it for its infamous reputation: "Dixie 'Die-way'." Though officials claim that they are working to make the dark, narrow roads safer for drivers, is there anything you can do in the meantime to protect yourself and your loved ones?

What is defensive driving?

There just may be a method to help decrease your risk in the form of a practice known as "defensive driving." Defensive driving is a set of skills can help you defend yourself against potential car accidents, whether the cause is a drunk driving or hazardous weather conditions.

While there are courses that can teach you specific defensive driving skills, there are also some general tips you can follow to be the safest driver you can be by employing practices such as:

  • Staying focused and keeping your hands on the wheel
  • Keeping your eyes moving
  • Adapting to road conditions
  • Making sure your vehicle is visible
  • Maintaining a proper distance from the car in front of you
  • Resisting road rage

Defensive drivers are more likely to avoid potential dangers on the road and possibly reduce their risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents.

How do these tips work?

By concentrating on the road ahead, continuously scanning for hazards and checking your mirrors, you can anticipate problems ahead of time and give yourself time to plan and react accordingly. Keeping your hands on the wheel and resisting the urge to eat, apply makeup, text or perform other dangerous distractions can help you focus not just on other cars or road hazards, but on issues like weather. Even a light rain can turn roads dangerous, so paying attention to inclement weather and slowing down can be a fundamental defensive-driving strategy.

Making sure your car is visible -- especially during harsh weather - can help prevent accidents, as many collisions occur simply because the other driver didn't see your vehicle. Using your turn signal, keeping your headlights on, making sure brake lights are functioning and avoiding blind spots are all advisable precautions. Maintaining adequate spacing from the car ahead will give you time to react if the other driver does something unexpected, like braking suddenly. It also helps to try to remain calm even when the other driver is behaving infuriatingly.

I was driving defensively and still got into an accident!

Unfortunately, no matter how carefully you drive, you cannot count on other drivers to do the same. You can never trust that another driver is going to follow safety regulations or even obey traffic laws, especially in hazardous areas like the dangerous mile long strip on Dixie Highway in Shively. If another driver's fault or negligence resulted in injury to you or someone you love, you deserve to have someone fighting on your behalf. A seasoned Louisville attorney can offer counsel and representation to help you seek financial compensation.

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