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There are two types of driving – AGGRESSIVE DRIVING and DEFENSIVE DRIVING. The latter part is what most people want to learn because it takes consideration not only of themselves, but their surrounding as well. Being a defensive driver requires more skills and that includes swerving. It usually takes a lot of experience behind the wheel to master the concept of swerving. Some even attend defensive driving classes just to learn the basics. If you are still learning how to become a defensive driver, then start out by knowing when and how to swerve. Read tips below and you may eventually avoid road crashes and even save lives:

1. WHEN FACED WITH PORTHOLES:

• Don’t swerve to avoid potholes. You may think it’s the best option, but swerving can cause your front wheel and tire on the car to hit the edge of the pothole causing more damage than hitting it straight on.

• Don’t brake just because you see a pothole. Heavy braking compresses the front suspension of the car and will have a tendency to force the tire and wheel down into the pothole, instead of gliding over.

• In case you hit a pothole, you can actually save your fellow drivers the headache and costs of repairs by reporting it to the appropriate authorities.

• Always pay attention to tire pressure. Keep the tire pressure at level recommended by manufacturer, which will protect against tire damage on impact.

* Be Aware of Your Surroundings:

° If road signs indicate the presence of animals, rock slides or flooding, reduce speed accordingly. Take note that animals are more common in areas where creeks, rivers or streams run parallel to or intersect a road.

° Watch for activity on the shoulder or the reflection of your headlights in the animal’s eyes. Note, however, that some larger animals, such as moose, may stand above the range of your headlights.

° Watch also for the flickering headlights or tail lights of other cars, which may indicate unexpected breaking or warning signals.

° If road reflectors disappear and reappear, animals may be crossing.

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