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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Driving Defensively

17 Nov Blog | Comments

In order to drive in the safest way possible you need to become what is called a defensive driver. Driving defensively can lower the risk of you and your loved ones from getting into a car accident.

Driving defensively is not the easiest task to complete. There are so many distractions in our lives today, especially while we are driving. In order to drive defensively it is necessary to eliminate as many distractions as possible.

  • If you are a newer driver you should not have more than one or two people in the car.
  • When you are driving you should keep the radio low enough so that you can hear emergency vehicles coming down the road.
  • Do not eat in your car and drive. This takes one of your hands off the wheel and takes your attention off the road.

It is impossible to eliminate all the distractions, so the next step is to be aware of the ones happening in and around your car and learn how to deal with them in the safest way possible.

One way to do that is by knowing where all the cars and other vehicles are around you. By knowing where the vehicles are allows you to make quick decisions should the need arise. If someone in another lane doesn’t check his or her blind spot and begins to move into your lane you can respond. You can respond by either honking your horn to alert them that you are there, or move into a different lane.

Another way is to use hands-free devices. We have all read, heard about and understand that texting or talking on the phone are dangerous. Although using a hands-free device does not completely eliminate the distraction, it at least puts two hands back on the steering wheel.

Finally, one big step you can take towards driving defensively is being aware at all times. It is important to know where other vehicles are, but to be a defensive driver you must be aware of more than that. There are pedestrians to watch out for. There are street lights or stop signs to pay attention to. There is construction going on that you must slow down for.

Being safe on today’s road is not easy. Other people text, speed, eat their lunch, etc…, while driving and add to what you have to watch out for. But if you do not watch out for them you are likely to end up in a car accident. And at that point it won’t matter whose fault it was, because people will be injured, or worse killed.

Driving defensively is a lifelong skill that everyone should have. If you are the experienced driver make sure when you teach the next generation that you teach them how to drive defensively. If you are the new driver make sure you begin your “driving career” off on the right foot. Learn how to drive defensively so you can do your best to avoid a car accident.



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