Headlights and Communication with Others

Headlights and Communication with Others

A very important factor in Defensive driving is the communication with others; it includes users of motorized vehicles, pedestrian, animals, cyclists and all road users, the failure to do this will lead to one thing only: an accident; that is why It's important for drivers around you and pedestrians and other road users to know what you are planning to do, that way you'll avoid confusion.

Defensive driving recommends you communicate by using your car's tools and the most important element: yourself. Some recommendations are:
  • Drive with headlights on at all times: It's important you turn on your low beam headlights when the weather conditions require it. If you travel on mountain roads, keep your headlights on to let other drivers see you and in order to get the attention of other drivers you may have to flash your headlights. You must turn on the emergency flashers or hazard lights if you are having troubles with your vehicle.

  • Use the Horn to Alert Others of Potential Dangers: Use the horn in case of a possible collision, but remember that this is not necessary if the accident can be avoided by slowing down or stopping your vehicle.

  • Proper Use of Turn Signals / Brake Lights and watching for other drivers' signals, It's more necessary if you are trying to make a lane change (use your mirrors and look over your shoulder); and if you want to turn, don't use your signal until you're in the intersection and check your signal after turning.

  • Look for eye contact when attempting to determine others' actions, never underestimate the power of eye contact and body language like when you want to get in front a car; you can politely indicate this by catching the eye of the other driver.