During your next commute to work, once you have stopped at a light, take a minute and look around at the other drivers. The majority of them will be attempting to “multi-task” by eating, putting on lipstick or texting while manning their vehicle. These are tell-tale signs of the inattentive driver. Controlling the actions of others is impossible but there are several things you can do to safeguard yourself against people who are only half-paying attention to driving.

Stay Alert

Be focused. While the concept seems simple enough, there is an endless list of things to keep your eyes off the road. Driving deserves full attention. In all driving situations, the best way to avoid potentially dangerous circumstances is to position your vehicle where you can see the other cars and they can see you.

Keep your speed controlled

The highest chance of a collision is in front of you. Maintain a safe following distance from the car ahead. Provide enough time for you to break if necessary. To keep control of your vehicle, you need to watch your speed and pay attention to the speed limits.

Do not depend on other drivers

Look out for yourself. Do not assume another driver is going to move or allow you to merge. Be prepared to react if a driver runs through a red light or a stop sign. As a driver, it is sometimes necessary to plan your movements anticipating the worst-case scenario. Calculate the risks and manage them one at a time.