Defensive Driving is something we all hear about, but few of us ever do. If we employed Defensive Driving techniques in our daily lives, many car accidents could be avoided. Defensive Driving refers to being aware not only of your own vehicle and surroundings, but also being aware of other people on the road and what they may or may not do. This course will cover the following learning objectives:
Accident prevention begins with you and your awareness, not only to the road, but also to your car. Every time you get ready to drive, you should do a visual inspection of your car, checking the tires, the seat belt, blinkers, and wipers. If anything is broken or damaged, it should be fixed. You should also know the route you plan to take and stay calm and focused while you drive. Pay attention to the cars around you and keep a safe following distance.
Going on autopilot is one of the most common mistakes drivers make. We know our route by heart, so it is easy to wander off in our thoughts, listen to our favorite music, and just go through the motions. We stop at a red light and check a text, turn to look at our friend in the passenger seat, take a sip of our drink. These may seem like simple, common things, but these these things can cause a serious accident to occur.
Hazardous weather is a major factor in many car accidents. Knowing the weather report for the day is critical to your safety. If you plan on driving over a period of days, know the weather for the days ahead. But even more important, is knowing how to handle your vehicle in hazardous weather, because it can appear quickly. If you find yourself stuck in a storm and unable to exit the road, knowing how to operate your vehicle in hazardous conditions will be of vital importance.
This course is 5 minutes and 33 seconds in length. All DVDs include additional training materials for print, including a leadership guide, course exam and course answer sheet.