Learning defensive driving techniques can help save your life and the lives of your loved ones who you drive around. By knowing how to react in an emergency situation, you will be better prepared to make the kind of split second decision that can save you from harm’s way.
Although most people do not bother to think about taking a defensive driving course until they are ordered to by the court in an attempt to overturn a moving vehicle violation, such courses should be mandatory for everyone applying for a driver’s license.
The sad fact of the matter is that today there are greater numbers of distractions on the road. In the past, it might have been a radio playing or a friend talking to you that created a distraction. Today, there are cell phones, car televisions, GPS units and the other, more established, distractions that can lead to inattention behind the wheel. It is true that we cannot prevent people from making poor decisions while driving, but we can certainly control how we react to those decisions – and that is where defensive driving kicks in.
One of the first things that a defensive driver will learn is how to stay focused, how to stay alert and how to stay calm in the face of emergency situations. The next things you will learn in a defensive driving course is to evaluate the risks involved in any given situation and to avoid them. You will learn how to react quickly, make snap decisions and to follow the 3-4 second rule that dictates that such is the time it takes to react. By distancing yourself accordingly you can give yourself enough time to react to emergency situations.
Defensive driving courses help drivers create safe environments for everyone on the road, therefore attending such classes benefits all drivers.