Defensive Driving Techniques
Defensive driving is one of the most important things you can do to prevent accidents. Let’s take a look at the meaning of driving defensively and discuss techniques for staying safe.
What is Defensive Driving?
Defensive driving means anticipating dangerous situations by taking into account the actions of others and the presence of adverse driving conditions. Simply stated, defensive driving means being ready for potential surprises on the road.
What does Defensive Driving Require?
The following requirements of the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Program can be helpful in learning to drive with a more defensive mentality. According to the program, some tips to drive defensively include:
- A constant alertness for the illegal acts and driving errors of other drivers, and a willingness to make timely adjustments in your own driving so that these actions will not cause you to get into an accident.
- An understanding and anticipation of any adjustments you may need to make in your driving for hazards presented by unusual or changing conditions. Such conditions include the mechanical functioning of your vehicle, type of road surface, weather, light, amount of traffic and your physical condition and state of mind.
- A thorough knowledge of the rules of right of way and a willingness to yield the right of way to another driver whenever necessary to avoid an accident.