SIMPLE defensive driving skills can help keep you safe on the road.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you avoid danger:

) Maintain a vigilant focus and keep your cool

Inattentive or distracted driving is frequently listed as the cause of accidents. Avoid multi-tasking by talking on the phone, texting or checking messages, eating or watching TV as you drive.

) Slow down and keep a safe following distance

Speeding is extremely dangerous. The faster you travel, the longer it takes to stop if you need to react quickly. Hitting a pothole or animal crossing the road at high speed can cause catastrophic damage. Slow down and maintain a safe following distance.

) Know how to crash

Some crashes are unavoidable.

If you realise that you are going to be involved in a collision, keep calm and bear the following in mind:

, Use your hooter or flash your lights to alert other drivers.

, Avoid braking hard or yanking the wheel to the side of the road. You might want to instinctively swerve into the next lane but be aware of oncoming traffic.

, Reduce your speed immediately.

, Do not duck forward. This can compromise the effectiveness of the seat belt and air bags. Stay upright.