A recent car accident has you feeling extra vigilant whenever you get behind the wheel of your vehicle. Or maybe you were in a close call that forced you to re-evaluate your driving habits.

In either case, Business Insider has a few defensive driving tips sure to serve you well. Learn how to avoid the brunt of another driver’s lack of attention or caring.

Understand what your vehicle can do

Learn what specific safety features your car has. Such knowledge gives you a better idea of how you should and should not drive your vehicle and the types of driving situations you and your car can handle.

Make good use of your eyes

In addition to keeping your eyes on the road, get into the habit of checking your mirrors every few seconds so that you know what is going on around you. Try to predict how certain drivers and cars may navigate around you so that you have evasive maneuvers you can fall back on to avoid an accident.

Refrain from tailgating

One of the best things that you can do for yourself, your car and your insurance premiums is not tailgate. Leave plenty of room, at least two car lengths, between you and other automobiles. You will appreciate having plenty of braking and maneuvering room should the vehicle in front of you suddenly slam on the brakes.

You may not be able to avoid every accident, but you can certainly decrease your chances of suffering car damage or a personal injury by being a defensive driver. Keep the above tips in mind every time you start up your car.

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