Defensive Driving

Defensive driving is probably the most crucial, and safest way of driving. Its aim is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. Knowing what's going on around you, predicting what might happen, and knowing how to react quickly in case another driver suddenly changes direction or road conditions catch you off-guard. Read this chapter to learn about effective defensive driving techniques. Constantly scanning the road is the core idea of defensive driving. Visual Search strategies will help you to notice the hazards on the road and prepare to avoid them. Communicate with other drivers to avoid collisions. Do so by using your horn, headlights and brakes lights.

Another important concept in defensive driving is managing the space around you. Make sure that there is a safe space cushion around your car and position your car in a lane according to the road situation.

Become familiar with tips on what you will need to do in emergency situations: equipment failure, broken brakes, tire blowout, engine fire and other unexpected things that can happen in the middle of your trip. The following section will also teach you what action you will need to take if you get involved into a collision or hit an unattended vehicle or property.

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