What Is Defensive Driving?

5 Tips for Defensive Driving

Never Assume
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Never assume other drivers are driving:

  • Safely.
  • Sober.

Watch out for drivers that are:

  • Swerving and/or speeding.
  • Disrespecting the rules of the road.
Watch Out
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Scan the road ahead and use your mirrors to get an idea of what's going on around you.

See brake lights ahead or a vehicle approaching rapidly? Defensive drivers practice awareness to keep themselves safe.

3-4 Second Rule
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Make sure you have plenty of time to react. Give the car ahead of you a 3 to 4 second following distance.

If you pass a landmark less than 3 seconds after the car in front of you, slow down! It's dangerous and nobody likes a tailgater.

Have an Escape Plan
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Always have a way to extract yourself from a bad situation, whether by switching lanes or braking.

Stay visible to other drivers. Use your headlight, maintain a reasonable speed, and avoid blind spots.

Expect the Unexpected
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Stay alert and focus on the road. By expecting the unexpected you can anticipate the actions of other drivers and respond appropriately.

5 Tips for Defensive Driving

Never Assume

Never assume other drivers are driving:

  • Safely.
  • Sober.

Watch out for drivers that are:

  • Swerving and/or speeding.
  • Disrespecting the rules of the road.

 

 

Watch Out

Scan the road ahead and use your mirrors to get an idea of what's going on around you.

See brake lights ahead or a vehicle approaching rapidly? Defensive drivers practice awareness to keep themselves safe.

 

3-4 Second Rule

Make sure you have plenty of time to react. Give the car in front of you a 3 to 4 second following distance.

If you pass a landmark less than 3 seconds after the car in front of you, slow down! It's dangerous, and nobody likes a tailgater.

 

 

Have an Escape Plan

Always have a way to extract yourself from a bad situation, whether by switching lanes or braking.

Stay visible to other drivers. Use your headlights, maintain a reasonable speed, and avoid blind spots.

 

 

Expect the Unexpected

Stay alert and focus on the road. By expecting the unexpected you can anticipate the actions of other drivers and respond appropriately.