Defensive Driving – what is it, and why do I need to use it?
Defensive driving is described as a practice for car drivers to drive in such a way that they consciously reduce the likelihood of falling victim to any hazards on or around the roads. This form of driving is achieved by maintaining maximum awareness of the road around you, including other drivers and road conditions, as well as by anticipating potentially dangerous scenarios and taking preventative action in advance.
Our tips for Defensive driving include:
– Constantly checking your mirrors so you are fully aware at all times what is happening inside and around your car.
– What is happening on the horizon? Don’t just react from the car in front of you, look 2, 3 4 or 10 cars ahead. This will give you the best warning far in advance of any scenario you need to be aware of.
– Keep eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians. Only by making eye contact can you be fully sure they have seen you.
– Wheels can be a tell-tale sign. If a car is parked up on the side of the road, but the wheels are facing outwards, expect the car to pull out at any moment, and drive accordingly.
– Finally, expect the unexpected. Only be anticipating any eventuality can you become a truly defensive driver.
Safe driving from Britannia!
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