What is defensive driving?

Defensive driving is a term used to describe driving techniques designed to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. Defensive driving includes a variety of general guidelines that focus on being aware of the driving conditions around you and the actions of others.

Defensive driving practices include:

  • Controlling your speed
  • Looking ahead and expecting the unexpected
  • Being alert and distraction-free
  • Preparedness for all sorts of actions and reactions of other drivers and pedestrians
  • Not expecting the other drivers to do what you would ordinarily do
  • Watching and respecting other drivers
  • Maintaining a safe following distance
  • Driving safely considering (and adjusting for) weather and/or road conditions
  • Adjusting your speed before entering a bend to avoid applying the brakes in the middle of a bend.

Taking a defensive driving course like ours will teach you these key driving strategies, making you a safer, more informed driver — it could even save your life!