Defensive driving pt 1

14 Feb
Defensive driving is based on effective observation, good anticipation and control. It’s about always questioning the actions of other road users and being prepared for the unexpected, so as not to be taken by surprise.
Defensive driving involves :
  • Awareness.
  • Planning.
  • Anticipation.
  • Staying in control.
And driving with :
  • Responsibility.
  • Care.
  • Consideration and courtesy.
It means putting safety above all else.
This means having real concern, not only for your own safety, but also for other road users, including the most vulnerable – those walking or riding.
Expect other people to make mistakes, and be ready to slow down or stop – even if you think you have the right of way.
Never rely on other road users doing the correct thing.
Your safety
Your safety lies mainly in your own hands. The better control of your vehicle and the road space, the safer you will be.
Set a good example
Your driving should always set a good example to other road users.
You never know when your good example will make a deep impression on another driver, especially a learner or inexperienced driver, and perhaps save lives in the future.
Reducing hostility
With defensive driving, you will show more patience and anticipation. This will help reduce the number of incidents which result in :
  • Open hostility.
  • Abusive language.
  • Threats .
  • Physical violence.
Avoid the kind of driving that :
  • Gives offence to other road users.
  • Provokes reaction.
  • Creates dangerous situations.
competitive driving
Never drive in a spirit of competition.
competitive driving is, inherently, the opposite of defensive driving. It increases the risk to everyone.
When you check the mirrors, just checking is not enough. You must act sensibly on what you see.
You must make a mental note of the :
  • Speed.
  • Behaviour.
  • Possible intentions.
of any other road user.
If you are not observing correctly, you cannot assess a traffic situation correctly.
At junctions, there’s no point in just looking, if your view is obstructed – for example, by parked vehicles. You must also move carefully into a position where you can see without emerging into the path of oncoming traffic.
  • L – Look
  • A – Assess and
  • D – Decide before you
  • A – Act.
That’s what effective observations is all about.
Observing what’s ahead
A skilful driver constantly watches and interprets whats ahead.
Always drive at such a speed that you can stop safely within the distance which you can see to be clear.
A good driver will constantly scan the road ahead and to the side and, by frequent use of the mirrors, be aware of the situation behind.
Drive beyond the limits of your own vision.
Approaching a bend Ask yourself :
  • Can i see the full picture?
  • How sharp is it?
  • Am i in the right position?
  • Is my speed right?
  • What might i meet?
  • Could i stop if i had to?


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