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The automobiles of today are safer than ever, but that doesn’t mean that the drivers of today are safer as well. While improvements in automotive technology and vehicle design will continue to help us stay safe on the road, the bottom line is that car accident is generally the result of human error. The best way to avoid dangerous accidents and trips to the body shop is by practicing safe driving techniques. Here are some of the best defensive driving tips to remember when you get behind the wheel:

Don’t Follow Too Closely

A large number of the auto body repairs we perform are on vehicles that were too close to the car ahead. Drivers need enough time to react in case the car in front of them makes a sudden turn or stop. Many driving instructors recommend a “three-second rule” to estimate the distance between you and the car in front of you.

Watch Out for Aggressive Drivers

As important as it is to avoid being the dangerous driver, it is just as important to avoid aggressive drivers. If you notice a vehicle making unpredictable lane changes, sudden stops, swerving, or tailgating, be sure to give yourself plenty of distance and only pass them if absolutely necessary.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Another key to safe driving is observing and responding to the unexpected things that other drivers do. By constantly scanning the road ahead of and behind you, you will be able to spot aggressive drivers, road hazards, debris, and traffic conditions that could cause an accident.

Even if you are the safest driver on the planet, you can still end up in an accident. Fortunately, the auto body and collision repair specialists here at Michael J’s Body Shop can have your vehicle back to pre-collision condition in no time. For more than 20 years, Michael J’s Body Shop has been exceeding the expectations of San Jose car owners when it comes to collision repair. For more information, contact us online or dial 408-279-2070.