10 Things to Take Away from a Defensive Driving Course
October 02, 2014 at 11:23 AM
A defensive driving course can mean the difference between someone being a mediocre driver and a driver that is fully aware of everything that is going on around them. This type of course can help a driver to predict the behaviour of drivers around them so that they will remain safe and also to help them make quick decisions to avoid a collision.
When you decide to proceed, here are 10 things to take away from a defensive driving course:
- You will be more aware of situations around you that may develop in to a more serious situation such as an accident and avoid those scenarios more easily.
- You will have more confidence that will help you to be a better driver. Confidence reduces hesitation which can in itself be a major cause of accidents.
- An understanding of the correct and safe distance to maintain between yourself and the vehicle in front of you at all times. If that safe gap has been closed by another driver, you will need to ensure that you re-establish that gap.
- A working knowledge of your vehicle's controls, including how long it will take you to stop if an emergency occurs.
- How to share the road with other drivers and be a more considerate driver.
- How to safely pass other vehicles on the road including leaving a safe distance between you and the vehicles around you.
- You will learn how to deal with road rage and aggressive drivers in a safe and effective manner.
- You will gain important and necessary skills such as driving in adverse conditions, driving in bad weather and driving at night or in poor visibility.
- You will learn how to assess your environment on a constant basis as you drive. This means you will take a visual assessment of your surroundings including where pedestrians and cyclists are in relation to your vehicle as well as other vehicles and what those vehicles are likely to do. You might see a vehicle drifting into your lane and understand that they wish to get into your lane but have not yet made an indication of that.
- Have you completed a defensive driving course? If so, can you add one thing that YOU took away from the course?