Defensive Driving

Exactly when you thought you had seen it all . . . . .

Do you believe you’ve seen all there is whilst driving on roads?  People, eating, reading, texting, putting makeup on and so on?  Some drivers may go above and beyond in the ‘bad driving stakes’. That’s when staying safe on the road is extremely important even for the drivers who practice good driving habits.

But what exactly is defensive driving?

Defensive driving is safe driving practice or could be alternatively called ‘best practice’. To drive defensively, drivers need to consciously anticipate the risks that other road users may or may not create, thereby being actively prepared to avoid hazardous situations.

Example:

You are the second or third car in a queue at a set of traffic lights. You are about one metre from the car in front of you and you notice in your mirror a car approaching at high speed. That car’s driver is on his/her mobile phone and doesn’t seem to have noticed the red light until it is too late. He/she slams on the brakes . . . . and the next thing you know you are lying on a stretcher in an ambulance. If only you had thought about leaving more distance between yourself and the car in front, then you could have pulled over out of the way or even forward to avoid the impact.

If you start considering these aspects like this whilst driving, you will become more proactive in anticipating potential hazards and so decrease your chance of being involved in a collision.

Expect the unexpected!

Rare and unlikely situations do happen.  Just because all drivers should stop at a red trafiic light – does not mean that they actually will. By driving defensively, you will be mentally and physically prepared to face the unexpected. You will not get yourself in a state of panic, but be ready to act should anything unusual happen.  Be Aware of your surroundings at all times. You are only able to control that of which you are aware (= keep safe). Things of which are unaware will control you (= collision).

Want to know more about defensive driving? ‘ L’ on Wheels is here to help. 

We are professional, friendly and experienced driving instructors In Boston, happy to help you with any aspect of driving. If you would like to find out more about or driving lessons or you would like to know more about defensive driving, get in touch with us today on 01205 367004 or 07702 064409 and we will be happy to answer your questions and discuss your requirements.

 

 

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