Strategies – Texas Defensive Driving Online Course
We all like to consider ourselves good drivers. With driving experience comes more confidence but we will all make a mistake now and then. Something goes wrong with car or the weather turns bad or we run into drivers who ignore traffic laws or drive erratically.
Good driving strategies are based on practice and being alert at the wheel. When driving, you must make sure that nothing interferes with your ability to see the road, react to situations or operate your vehicle properly.
• Scan the road ahead, to the sides and behind your vehicle and be aware of unexpected events but don’t take your eyes off the road for more than a few seconds at any time.
• Remove the distractions inside your car that will interfere with your ability to drive safely. This might include objects that obstruct your view of the road or mirrors.
• Anticipate mistakes by other drivers and think about what you will do if a mistake does happen. Don’t always assume that a driver approaching a Stop or Yield sign on a side road is actually going to stop or yield. It is better to assume the other driver may not stop.
• Use caution when confronted by an aggressive driver. Avoid direct eye contact and stay calm. Try to get out of the way safely and don’t escalate the situation by honking your horn or cutting them off.
• Don’t allow yourself to become an aggressive driver. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination.
• Avoid traffic congestion. Don’t drive if you are angry or upset and control your own actions to other drivers.
• Always use your seat belt and require anyone riding as a passenger in your car to wear theirs. If they refuse let them out. As the driver you are responsible for their lives. By forcing them out you might just be saving them.