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Defensive Driving

Defensive Drive

Defensive driving is a set of driving skills that allows you to defend yourself against possible collisions caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather.
Defensive drivers are able to avoid dangers on the road by using their safe driving practices.

Defensive Drive

Defensive driving Considerations:
During the course of driving following points are to be considered;
Ø  The weather and visibility: Bright sunlight, fog, rain and snow can severely affect visibility so slow down and give your - self more space.
Ø  Large vehicles: Buses and large vehicles need more room and may take up an unusual
road position to turn round corners at junctions etc. Hold back and give them plenty of room.
Ø  Road signs: Road signs can provide you with a clear warning of what lies ahead. It is essential that you train yourself to take note of all road signs and act accordingly.
Ø  Time of day: The time of day can give you a lot of information about what to expect on the road. Children can be present in the road at any time, but they are out in force just before and after school. Therefore, you should be keeping a special look out for children during the morning rush hour and mid-afternoon periods.
Ø  Animals: Noise and vehicles frighten animals. Therefore, drive slowly, don't sound your horn or rev up the engine. Watch their behavior carefully.

Defensive driving Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are not easy to see particularly at dusk and at night. They may also take up unusual road positions to avoid holes and bumps in the road surface. So remember:

Think once, think twice, think bike!      

Defensive driving Hazards:

A hazard can be any possible source of danger on or near the road that could lead to a crash, and it can come from any direction. It could be a:

* potholes on the roads

* Blind curves

* Vehicle merging into your lane or stopping suddenly in front of you

* Slippery road surface after rain and bumps on the road.

* Ghat roads without edge protection

Defensive driving  Do's

* Always wear your seat belt

* Follow speed limits

* Give pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks.

* Make room for bicycle.

Defensive driving  Don's

* Drink and drive , and dont get in a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.

* Make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do.

* Talk on your cell phone and drive at the same time.

* Engage in other activities, while driving , that distract your attention or reduce your reaction time eg. eating, or putting on makeup while driving in dangerous.

* Play your car stereo so loudly that you are disruptive to others or so loudly that you are unable to hear train signals or emergency vehicle siren.

Tips for defensive driving :

* Be able to control speed

* Be prepared to react to other drivers.

* Do not expect the other driver to do what you think he or she should do

* Respect other users of the roadway

* Daily before starting your vehicle check for Tyre pressure, clutch etc, and ensure your vehicle is subjected to periodic maintenance.

* Be aware of driving in special road and weather conditions.

* Be alert and avoid distractions, e.g cell phone use, eating.

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