What is a defensive driving?
It means to drive without having a preventable accident.
This preventable accident refers to the accident in which the driver and his vehicle were involved, and prior to the accident, the driver failed to do everything he could have reasonably done to prevent the accident.
Defensive driving requires the knowledge and strict observance by the driver of all traffic rules and regulations… and he should be quick enough to avoid those who don’t.
Defensive driving requires a thorough knowledge of the rules of right -of- way and the willingness to yield the right- of – way to other road users whenever necessary to avoid an accident.
Defensive driving is avoiding intersection accidents by faithfully observing all safety rules and traffic regulations. It requires a constant alertness for the driving errors of other drivers to avoid getting involved in an accident.
A defensive driver defends against accidents in spite of hazardous conditions, such as bad weather and careless drivers, by being prepared, observant and by taking action to avoid danger.
Here are some tips to help you become a defensive driver:
- Make sure that your vehicle is in good repair and adequately fueled before beginning any trip, long or short.
- Buckle up for safety, and make sure your passengers bucle up also.
- Follow all traffic rules and regulations.
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, to avoid rear-end collision in case of a sudden stop. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Always expect the other driver to do the unexpected, such as speed up, slow down, pass or cut across lanes.
- Watch a sudden movement by pedestrians, bicylists, or animals.
- Adjust your speed and driving to changing weather and traffic conditions.
- Carry emergency equipment such as spare tire, jack, emergency reflective triangle, emergency light or flashlight and a first aid kit.