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How to Drive Defensively

Learn how to drive defensively in this Howcast video with A-Club Driving School.


So today we want to talk about the subject of defensive driving. And the way I define defensive driving is, the ability to develop the proper driving habits, so that we can compensate for pretty much anything that goes on out on the roadways and that we can avoid a crash at any level.

The way I like to do this is talk about a term which is called space cushion driving. At what that basically means is, that as we're driving our vehicle we want to have an imaginary space cushion around our car at all times. We want to have adequate distance in front of the car, in back of the car, and on the left and right sides of the car, so that if any type of situation comes up where we need to move the vehicle to avoid a hazardous situation we have the means to do this. We can never be too close to the car ahead of us. We don't want the car behind us to be too close to us and we definitely want to have room, both on the left and the right side of our car throughout our driving experience so that, again, if something happens we need to have a way to get away from the hazard.

If someone is stopping short in front, if we have proper space cushion between ourself and the car ahead of us, we'll be able to make that stop in time to avoid a crash.

The same thing with the left and the right side of our car. You never want to be in a situation where there's somebody right on your left, or right on your right, because if something happens, and we need to move our car to avoid a hazardous situation, we need to have that space cushioned so that we can move our car and be able to get away from the difficult situation that might be there.

So defensive driving, again, have that space cushion around your car at all times. If you have that you'll be able to move the car and get away from whatever hazardous situation that you have, and you'll be able to operate your vehicle in a more proper defensive manner, therefore leading to safer driving.

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