Defensive driving saves lives, time and money. It is a form of training for drivers to reduce the risk of accidents. With this training, drivers learn to anticipate dangerous situations despite different adverse conditions.
Western Bay Driving says that each year, 400 people die on New Zealand’s roads. Defensive driving courses teach drivers to be more competent, aware and responsible behind the wheel.
Looking ahead and being aware of the surroundings help to identify a potential hazard. This will give you time to decide what action you need to take in case of a potential collision. Defensive driving trains motor vehicle drivers to plan for the unexpected and be prepared to react to other motorists.
Other drivers can and will make mistakes, and you should never assume that all of them will be sober, alert, and follow the road rules all the time.
This is one of the simplest rules in defensive driving, yet it is the most common rule that drivers break. With a safe distance from other vehicles, it gives a wider space for evasive action. Large distance even during high speed decreases the chance of colliding with the vehicle in front.
During dry weather conditions, you need to maintain a minimum of 2 or 3 seconds of space between vehicles. Use a fixed object in the roadway to help count the distance. When the rear of the vehicle in front of you crosses that object, start counting. If the front of your vehicle crosses the same object before two seconds, you should increase your distance.
On the open road or on a high-speed highway, we can all say that driving has its risks. Not everyone drives well. Some people speed aggressively, others wander to other lanes. But the most dangerous are those who don’t pay attention.
You can’t control the actions of other drivers, but defensive driving skills can help avoid the dangers caused by other people’s bad driving.