Attorney Charles Boyk Discusses the Importance of Defensive Driving

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Four defensive driving tips that all motorists should remember on the roadways.

With the recent accident on the Anthony Wayne Trail critically injuring teen Aaron Davis, the importance of defensive driving is brought to our attention. Even when a driver has the right-of-way, there are other drivers on the roadway that may violate traffic rules.

Keep the below tips in mind while on the roadways:

1.Even if a light turns green, the driver still must be aware of traffic in other directions. Other drivers may think they’re invincible, and try to make it through the tail end of yellow light. After a light turns green, drivers should wait a second to ensure that no vehicles are coming from other directions, and it is safe to drive through the intersection.

2.Don’t fully trust another driver’s turn signal. Everyone has forgotten to turn a turn signal off at one point or another, so don’t completely trust the turn signal of another driver. Practice defensive driving, and be aware of other factors before coming to the conclusion that a driver is turning.

3.Don’t let answering a phone be more important than safety. We all know we cannot be on our phones and drive, but many still do. Whether it is emailing, texting, or calling, don’t let communication over the phone supersede safety on the roadways.

4.Be aware of pedestrians. Even if a driver has a green light to turn, the pedestrian crossing the street always has the right-of-way.

There is always a driver on the roadway that is not paying the proper attention and can cause others harm. Attorney Charles Boyk explained, “It is imperative to practice defensive driving to help ensure safety. Our office constantly deals with cases with drivers that violate traffic laws. One of the only ways to avoid these drivers is to act defensively.”

Defensive driving is one of the most important things taught in Drivers Education courses, and is a lesson that should always be remembered.

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