Safety should be the number one priority for all disabled drivers. The unfortunate truth is that when traveling by road, there is always a risk of getting into a crash. Injury or even death are always possibilities when we travel in a vehicle, particularly if that vehicle is driven in an unsafe manner. But if we practice sensible, defensive driving, we can improve our chances of staying safe on the roads.
Tragically, over 38,000 people die in accidents on American roads each year. It is important to be aware of this grim statistic. By remaining fully cognizant of the dangers we face when driving, we can take the necessary precautions to mitigate those dangers.
Many of the crashes, injuries, and deaths that happen each year on American roads could be avoided if more people practiced safe, defensive driving. Far too many road accidents are caused by human error, negligence, a lack of concentration, tiredness, or aggressive driving.
Unfortunately, there will probably always be dangerous drivers who pose a threat to themselves and others. The best thing responsible drivers can focus on is reducing their vulnerability by driving safely and practicing defensive driving. Today, we will discuss defensive driving and how it can help disabled drivers.
What Is Defensive Driving?
Defensive driving is a type of driving intended as a defense against the dangerous actions of other road users and other hazards on the road such as bad weather. It is a driving style that is cautious and sensible, and that puts safety first.
Defensive driving involves a set of driving practices that are effective at defending the driver and their passengers from the dangers of road travel.
Why Is Defensive Driving Important?
How can defensive driving benefit you and others, and why is it important? Simply, it is important because it keeps people safe. Road travel can be risky because other drivers often make mistakes and drive responsibly. Hazards such as bad weather and slippery surfaces can also make road travel dangerous. Defensive driving protects against these hazards.
What Are The Principles Of Defensive Driving?
So, how do you practice defensive driving? The main principles of defensive driving are:
- Always sit high and alert behind the wheel, and keep your eyes on the road
- Maintain full concentration
- Minimize distractions
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
- Slow down at all intersections and junctions
- Be aware of any blind spots
- Make sure other drivers can see you
- Always assume other drivers may make mistakes
What Are The Benefits Of Defensive Driving?
So, how can defensive driving help disabled drivers? There are a lot of benefits to defensive driving. The main benefits are that it:
- Keeps you safe
- Keeps other drivers and pedestrians safe
- Reduces costs of vehicle repair and insurance
- Makes you a good example to other road users
- Lowers your stress levels
What Are Some Examples Of Defensive Driving?
Some examples of defensive driving include:
- Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles
- Driving at a sensible speed and not going above the legal speed limit
- Maintaining full concentration
- Constantly checking your mirrors to be aware of your surroundings
- Avoiding distractions from other passengers, loud music, podcasts, etc.
How Can You Get a Disabled Parking Permit?
If you have a disability but you have not yet gotten a disabled parking permit, it is a simple and quick process. The best way to get a disabled parking permit is to arrange a telemedicine consultation with a medical practitioner in your state through the Dr Handicap online clinic.
During a video consultation (which can be undertaken from the comfort of your own home) the medical practitioner will verify your disability. The qualifying conditions for a disabled parking permit include:
- An inability to walk 200 feet without needing to stop to rest
- Not being able to walk without aid from an assistive device
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Any condition that necessitates the use of portable oxygen
- Legal blindness
- An arthritic, orthopedic, or neurological condition that hampers mobility
Once your disability has been verified, the medical practitioner will fill in the relevant sections of a disabled parking permit application form and email it directly to you. All you need to do is fill in the remaining sections and submit it to your local disabled parking authorities.
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