Important Rules Of Defensive Driving

Thom W. Conroy By Thom W. Conroy, 25th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Defensive driving start with letting other drivers know what your intentions are.

Safety is most important

The most important rules of defensive driving are really all directed toward displaying common sense on a consistent basis, with the goal of safety and accident avoidance at the forefront while operating a vehicle. Regardless of how well we each think we drive, everyone has a momentary distraction or lack of good judgement on the road and it is during these instances that our personal defensive driving habits takeover. While we may not consciously realize it, the manner in which we drive is the result of habits that have become ingrained in our psyche over the years - good habits make good drivers and bad driving habits result in injury and deaths that can often occur needlessly.

The first important rule of defensive driving is to take responsibility for ourselves and of the control of our vehicle. Defensive driving is basically little more than expecting the unexpected and responding almost instantaneously, which means that a driver must be focused and attentive of the traffic around them at all times. It is impossible to drive safely when preoccupied with a cell phone, children or other distractions, so it becomes incumbent upon each of use to make safe driving our number one priority when behind the wheel. This includes assuring that our mental state is calm when driving and that we are sober and well-rested each time we drive.

One of the most important and often overlooked rules of defensive driving is to follow the three second rule - always allowing three seconds of stopping time between yourself and the car traveling in front of you. It is also imperative to make your vehicle as visible to other drivers as is possible, and letting them know of your intentions to make a move in advance so they can respond accordingly. This is most easily accomplished by maintaining an even speed when driving, turning on headlights even in the daylight hours and always using turn signals when switching lanes. Even something as simple as selecting the safest route from one location to another can impact your ability to arrive safely.

Lastly, another important aspect of defensive driving is to assure that our vehicle is fully operational at all times. A car that is in any state of disrepair should never be driven, as each mechanical component such as brakes, headlights, signals and tires can each be the potential cause of an horrific accident scenario when they fail.


Cars, Driving A Car, Driving Tips, Driving Under The Influence, Travel

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A freelance writer living in Ohio, USA, writing on whatever topics catch my fancy.

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author avatar simplyoj
27th Sep 2010 (#)

Good post. Maintenance is the first step to avoid accidents.

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