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Defensive driving

Defensive driving

The safest way to drive around every country is through Defensive Driving, which is defined as “the way to drive in order to save lives, time and money”; at the same time its aim is to reduce the risk that comes with driving, avoiding dangerous situations. A defensive driver in contrast to an aggressive driver uses driving strategies that go beyond the traffic laws.

In most cities when one receives a speeding ticket or other traffic violation, one must take a Defensive driving course; but you don't have to wait to be penalized because of a traffic violation to consider taking a course or learning defensive driving, which will benefit you with reductions of insurance rates or reductions of points on your driver’s license.

A Defensive driving course includes several themes depending on the state that offers the course, but some of the most common themes are:
  • Traffic collisions and ways to reduce the risk of these accidents by using good judgment while driving.
  • Deal with negative psychological factors (stress, fatigue, emotional distress) that affect driving, and how to handle each one of them in order to keep a positive attitude.
  • Some useful information on the blood-alcohol level limits, senses affected by drugs and the consequences.
  • Information about first collision (between cars) and second collision (driver and passengers with parts of the car) how to reduce or avoid their impact by following some strategies.
  • Defensive driving by using the necessary safety equipment, such as: air bags, safety belts, child safety seats, head rests and more; the course will show you how to use them and the importance of each one.
  • The appropriate way to drive near school Buses and emergency vehicles such as fire rescue and emergency medical teams, what to do when one of these vehicles approaches; these cases are special because of their vulnerability and preference by law.
  • Other important theme has to do with intersections because whether they are controlled or not, a responsible driver must know some basic rules for approaching these intersections, be able to judge distance, speed and time in order to avoid accidents.

More About Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving Techniques
Visual Search Strategies
Headlights and Communication with Others
 Defensive Driving Techniques
Learn techniques of defensive driving that will help you to stay away from dangers.
 Visual Search Strategies
Drivers must develop optimum visual search strategies, drivers should attend visual stimulus like signs and the highway.
 Headlights and Communication with Others
Include comunication with users of motorized vehicles, pedestrian, and cyclists.
Managing Space
Collision Avoidance
Emergency Situations
In Case of a Collision
 Managing Space
Drivers must learn how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
 Collision Avoidance
Types of collisions and how to react in case of an accident.
 Emergency Situations
Recommendations to handle emergency situations.
 In Case of a Collision
Learn to prevent further injuries and about the repair process