Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Defensive Driving

Defensive driving has been defined as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” Here’s what you need to know…

Prioritise Preparation Over Reaction

The best drivers spot hazards and developments on the road in good time. This means they find themselves preparing more often than reacting. It’s best practice to keep your eyes at the furthest point of the road; that way, you’ll see what’s taking place well in advance of reaching it. Whether it’s a build-up of traffic, road works or slippery road surfaces, give yourself plenty of time to prepare your next move.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Space

Defensive driving is all about space; and staying as far away from danger as possible. Space gives you room to manoeuvre and weave as necessary, avoiding obstacles and obstructions. Granted, this isn’t always possible depending upon your environment. But simple measures, like leaving space between you and the vehicle ahead, can make a world of difference.

Don’t Be Too Trusting Of Other Drivers

This might sound cynical, but the only driver you can truly understand is yourself. Every other driver on the roads is a potential threat; you don’t know anything about them, their ability at the wheel or behaviour on the road. Should you see a driver moving erratically on the motorway, keep your distance. If a driver flashes you, implying you can move, do so slowly and cautiously. If a fellow motorist is seemingly indicating left, make sure he really is; he could have forgotten to switch the indicator off. In other words, don’t take their word for it.

Learn The Art Of Deescalation

Road rage is, for some, a source of comedy. But it can have very serious consequences. As we’ve mentioned earlier, you can’t know just who is it sat in the car next to you. You don’t know their character or their temperament. Should another driver start to behave aggressively towards you, don’t escalate the situation by responding in kind. Instead, give them the opportunity to pass you (when it’s safe to do so) and ignore them if possible.

Control Your Car, Don’t Be Controlled By It

Defensive driving means being in control of your vehicle at all times. For the best drivers, the entire process is a smooth series of actions that blend seamlessly into one and other. Avoiding harsh acceleration and late braking is crucial, as is a stable speed. Avoid any unnecessary distractions, adapt properly to weather conditions and maintain control of your car at all times.

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