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always hear mention of defensive driving, but do we really know what defensive
driving means? Do we realize the commitment that we have to make to become a
driving means driving so as to prevent accidents in spite of the actions of
others or the presence of adverse driving conditions. Simply stated, defensive
driving means no surprises.
let's talk about the commitment required to become a defensive driver. To
illustrate this commitment let's look at the detailed requirements of the
National Safety Council's defensive driving program.
object of defensive driving is to drive without having a preventable accident.
driving requires the knowledge and strict observance of all traffic rules and
regulations applicable to the area in which the vehicle is being operated.
driving requires 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 illegal acts and errors will not involve you in an accident.
driving requires a knowledge of all the adjustments required in your driving for
the special hazards presented by abnormal, unusual or changing conditions—in
the mechanical functioning of your vehicle, type of road surface, weather,
degree of light, kind of traffic, and your physical condition and state of mind.
driving requires a thorough knowledge of the rules of right of way and the
willingness to yield the right of way to the other driver whenever necessary to
avoid an accident.
driving requires an attitude of confidence that you can drive without ever
having a preventable accident.
is no doubt that a professional code for defensive drivers is not easy to
follow. As professionals, however, you must show the way for other drivers and
do your best to drive defensively.
take a brief look at how we can accomplish all that is expected by the code.
Basically, you must follow three basic steps.—
driving, think about what is going to happen or what might happen as far ahead
of encountering a situation as possible. You should never assume everything will
be "all right."
situations require specific ways of handling. Become familiar with the unusual
conditions which you may face and learn them well so that you can apply them
when the need arises.
in time—once you've noted a hazard
and understand the defense against it, act! Never take a "wait and
these three steps and keeping good driving techniques in mind, you'll learn to
"give in" a little; to tailor your driving behavior to the unexpected
actions of other drivers and pedestrians; to the unpredictable and
ever changing factors of light, weather, road and traffic conditions; to
the mechanical condition of your vehicle; and even to how to feel.
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