Use Defensive Driving to Reduce Risk When Behind the Wheel
Allocating sufficient time when driving behind the wheel helps to reduce risks while driving. Increasing speed reduces the ability for a driver to react to different situations. It takes time for people to react and a vehicle to stop, and there are many factors that contribute such as speed, the type of surface you are driving on, the weight of the vehicle, road conditions, and the condition of the tires and brakes on the car.
Drivers must also have the right amount of visual and mental energy to correctly handle risks while driving. Even professional drivers can’t take their eyes off the road for more than a couple seconds without risking an accident. Your windshield must be clear, and you must have the energy and wherewithal to drive.
You must have the space for yourself on the road to drive safely. When driving in traffic, or other conditions that limit your ability to stay separated from other cars on the road, then you risk your ability to drive without risking a collision. Other drivers must respect and grant you the space necessary, and in the same way, you must give other drivers space.
Our driving school covers all of these topics and more in our Behind the Wheel course. We teach new drivers how to sufficiently reduce risks be ensuring they have left themselves the proper amount of response time, visibility, and space on the road.