Defensive Driving

What is Defensive Driving? What is a Defensive Driver? Defensive driving can be defined as driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. A defensive driver is one who goes beyond the basic rules and mechanics of driving. He or she aims to reduce the risks associated with driving by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. In simpler terms, by doing everything possible to avoid a collision.

That means defensive drivers are completely focused on the task of driving and are not distracted by anything. They are mentally prepared to drive and are well rested. They are not sick, impaired by drugs, alcohol, medications or anything else. Furthermore, their vehicle is well maintained and kept in a safe operating condition. (Think properly inflated tires, working lights etc.)

It also means that they not only watch their own behavior, but they watch out for other drivers’ behaviors as well. They approach intersections with caution, anticipate light changes, lane changes and vehicles and pedestrians entering from either side. A defensive driver is watching the traffic flow in the distance ahead, as well as in behind, and to each side.

A defensive driver is one who knows that nothing is more important during the drive than the complete control of his vehicle, and is aware of EVERYTHING that can affect his vehicle. (Even if there is a remote possibility)

Defensive driving is often overlooked in today’s fast-paced world. Drivers are too distracted by their need to get to their destination in the fastest way possible. That is why there is a decrease in the number of people who practice true defensive driving. In fact, not many people even know what defensive driving is! It is time for drivers to turn a new page, and begin to drive SMART. By practicing defensive driving, the roads will be a safer place, and many lives spared from preventable collisions.