Saturday, September 13, 2008

Defensive Driving

I always hear this from our company drivers and from our QMD personnel. I didn't understand this full well until I started my driving lesson. What is defensive driving?

Driving involves risk-the chance of injuries to your self, to others or causing damages to vehicles and properties. The first important step towards driving is realizing that the risk of being involve in an accident is real--much more real than you think. As drivers, you should always keep in mind that driving is something we cannot rush into. This is when defensive driving enters. It is understanding that risk is always present for a driver no matter how confident we may feel behind the wheel or how well we've mastered the basic of driving { neither how reliable our car insurance provider is} The risk is always present. But there are actions we can take to maximize control over driving situations and minimize risks.

Defensive driving means assessing the risk and doing all you can to reduce or control it. Here are some ways to do that:

  1. 1. Keep your car in top condition. The better the condition of your car, the more control you have when you drive.
  2. Anticipate the actions of others. Drivers and pedestrians often act without thinking or communicating, you must learn to search for clues.
  3. Take steps to protect yourself and others. Wear seat belts and turn your headlights on
  4. Drive only when in sound physical and mental condition. To drive safely you need to be 100% alert behind the wheel
  5. Make a conscious effort to develop your skill. Working to improve your driving habits and abilities will help to protect yourself and others.