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TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
alone does not make the perfect driver. Thousands of hours at the wheel prove
only that one's driving practices have become habitual. What if this long
experience has only reinforced bad driving habits?
good driver attains such status only through training plus experience. Faulty
driving practices are identified and eliminated during training. Constant
attention to good driving as you pile up the mileage, tends to fortify good
driving habits, until proper reaction to a situation is almost instinctive.
are having mishaps or near misses on the road, it's a warning that you should
bear down on defensive driving.
person who professes to practice defensive driving must set the goal of perfect
driving as the standard. When you reach that goal, you will complete every trip
not only without accidents, but also without traffic violations, vehicle abuse,
or excessive delays—and without any act of discourtesy to others who share the
some goal, isn't it? It is never accomplished by the driver who follows a
"me first" attitude. It can be done by the driver who is constantly
alert for every hazard, and who is always willing to yield the right of way.
defensive driving concept presumes that one can drive so as to prevent
accidents—regardless of adverse conditions, or in spite of the faulty actions
of other drivers.
would not be correct to charge that a defensive driver is overcautious, or
timid, or lacking in courage. The term really means that the defensive driver is
determined to take every reasonable precaution to prevent traffic mishaps—even
over and above what the law requires them to do.
without exception, the making of a defensive driver requires formal training or
extensive self education. Many poor drivers have been able to improve their
performance by continuing conscious effort to drive defensively.
us who hold driver licenses have never had formal driver training. We watched
Mom and Dad and other relatives and friends and decided we could do the same
thing. If our models were excellent drivers, and we learned the meaning of every
driving move, perhaps we learned well.
much did we learn if we were not told the meaning of every step? How many bad
driving practices did we pick up and make our own? Did anyone ever tell and show
us the many dangerous situations we must learn to recognize and evade?
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