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Defensive Driving Courses

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 9 Nov 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Many people end up involved in road traffic accidents due to the lack of care by other road users. In numerous cases, these accidents can be avoided by learning some essential defensive driving techniques. There are a variety of ways of incorporating defensive driving into your every day driving life and they will help keep you safe on the road.

Broadly speaking, defensive driving is a type of driving that helps steer you away from problems on the road. By combining the techniques of defensive driving, you can save not only fuel and your tyres, but most importantly, the lives of others.

What Makes a Good Driver

When most people consider what makes a good driver, the obvious descriptions are given; cautious, considerate, alert, skilled, courteous and many more. These all have their own merit in what makes someone a good driver, but defensive driving is much more than that. Defensive driving requires that you take a psychological approach to driving and educate yourself on not only your own driving ‘triggers’, but those of others.

For many people who end up involved in car accidents, simple emotions and distractions can be the root cause. If you’re feeling aggressive, stressed, competitive, lazy or fatigued, your judgements can be drastically altered. Your reaction time to potential hazards may be inferior also, as well as your emotions heightening you to potentially act in a way you normally wouldn’t.

All of these emotional triggers can be dangerous for a driver and that’s why it’s important to recognise them and deal with them. Defensive driving must take into account not only what can be seen, but also what can’t. Look for the hazards even before they arise and be ready to deal with them correctly.

Defensive Driving Courses in the UK

There are a variety of defensive driving courses available throughout the UK. Some are as short as a few hours in duration, whilst others are spread out over a variety of sessions and skill levels. Most importantly, they should all teach you advanced forward planning in your driving and a positive attitude towards driving overall.

Many defensive driving courses will feature one-on-one instruction where you will drive a car in a controlled manner that teaches you how to utilise this in your everyday driving.

Generally you will initially start off with some kind of assessment drive where your instructor will point out any inadequacies in your driving style. From there, you will be given a demonstration drive followed by a full instructional drive. At the end of the course you will be given a completion record, often in the form of an advanced driving certificate and you can continue on to further defensive driving courses if you wish. The price range for such courses is wide and varied, so try looking in your local directory for driving schools who offer defensive driving locally.

The Goal of Defensive Driving

The most important goal when completing a defensive driving course is to feel more confident, calm and in control behind the wheel. They will teach you tricks and tips to prevent you from speeding and hopefully from avoiding a car accident. If you can act rationally on the road and always stay aware of others, you are on your way to becoming a fantastic defensive driving expert.

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thats a great essay ....helped me alot
meme - 9-Nov-12 @ 11:52 AM
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