Driving Defensively When Faced with a Tailgater

Defensive driving is crucial in keeping you safe while driving, but it is also useful in helping you avoid tailgaters. Here are some things you can do if you're ever faced with a tailgater.

  • Always be aware of your surrounds. Watch the road ahead and constantly check your mirrors for possible dangers. Focus on the road by decreasing the amount of distractions in your car, this will keep you safe as well as your passengers and other drivers.
  • Obey the speed limit. This another way to drive defensively and hopefully avoid tailgaters. Always be aware of the speed limit in the area in which you are driving. Try to stay with the flow of traffic and don't drive too much slower than the posted speed limit. Driving too slow is often the cause of tailgating.
  • Don't forget to use your turn signals. Give plenty of warning when you are about to turn or change lanes by turning on your turn signal. This should help shield you from tailgaters that may come up behind you quickly.
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