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Old 02-16-2010, 02:03 AM
 
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Professional drivers increasingly see defensive Driving methods as necessary. There are many unskilled and reckless drivers on our roads today and drivers who drive defensively are less probable to be involved in an accident with one.
How do I drive defensively?
1. Expect aggression from other drivers, but stay away from reacting to that aggression.
2. Use your mirrors and be aware of all that is occurring around you.
3. Know the dimensions of your motorcar, so that you know exactly how far you can pull through, if needed.
4. Expect the unplanned. There can be a runaway horse galloping towards you just around that blind bend. There was a man killed in Ireland in March 2006 by running into two horses!
5. Stay away from loud music while you are driving. You require being aware of all that is occurring to your motorcar and to others on the road around you.
6. Make sure your motorcar is maintaining well, with tire pressures set correctly. If your motorcar is well maintained you will be able to adjust your speed more rapidly and more safely to traffic and other conditions on the road around you.
Listen for gear changes that signify another driver is getting prepared to accelerate. Watch the line other drivers take as they approach intersections; it gives you a good indication of where they are going, even though they do not use indicators.



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Old 02-16-2010, 03:33 AM
 
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Three simple things which will cut your chances of being involved in an accident greatly:

1. Following distance. You can't be too far back from the vehicle in front you, but you can be too close.

2. Always be searching for an "out" in case something unexpected happens. Have an escape route.

3. Simple courtesy. Be the nice guy. If someone fills that following distance you're maintaining, back off and let him have it. If someone intends to go first at a red light or stop sign; let him. If somebody cuts you off, crowds you or blocks the passing lane; blow 'im a kiss and get out of his way.
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