Driving a car is both a privilege and a huge responsibility. When you get behind the wheel, you have a duty to your passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and anyone else with whom you share the road. This duty includes making reasonably safe decisions while you are operating your vehicle.

Whether you are a new driver or have years of experience, it is always a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with basic driving safety tips. Here are a few driving techniques to help you stay safe the next time you are on the road.

Focus on the task

When you are driving, it is vital that you make it your primary focus. Avoid multitasking and other distractions. For example, just the few seconds you take your eyes off the road to change the radio station could be enough to not see the car running the red light before it hits you.

Be a defensive driver

Stay alert and watch what the other drivers around you are doing. Always assume that other motorists will do the unexpected and be prepared to react. Also, be sure you have plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case things come to a sudden stop. If the weather is bad, double this distance so that you have time to react.

Have a plan

Speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents in Stamford and across the state, which is why it is important to have plan when you get behind the wheel. If you need to stop on your way to work for fuel, breakfast or a cup of coffee from your favorite café, be sure you have allowed enough time to do so without having to drive fast to make up for lost time. Also, make all the necessary seat, mirror and thermostat adjustments before you put your car in drive.

In addition to the above tips, there are other safety techniques that you should make a habit out of implementing. For instance, be sure to secure any cargo so that it does not move around while the car is in motion. Also, keep necessary items within easy reach and always wear your seat belt.

While these safety tips can help you avoid an accident, there are many drivers out there who do not take safe driving seriously. If you have been the victim of a reckless driver, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other damages.