What is Defensive Driving?

Defensive DrivingAll drivers share mutual responsibilities that pertain to the rules of the road. The lives of his passengers, the driver’s own life, the car’s well-being, and the lives of the people around the road are part of the driver’s responsibilities whilst behind the wheel, whether it be on a furious highway or on a small, quiet street inside a subdivision. Whatever he does, good or bad, will contribute to the condition of the traffic he is in. That is why there is sadness in the thought that most drivers nowadays don’t consider these little things. It is wise to be aware of the basic principles behind driving; one of such principles is called Defensive Driving.

If I were to guess, I would say that most people know the basic meaning of Defensive Driving, especially the ones who drive their own car. Defensive driving is a philosophy that follows a principle of safe driving for both drivers and passengers. The driver who aims to apply this must commit in a style of driving that would avoid all threats of accidents and law-breaking. Defensive driving could be practiced through several ways. Below are the essential tips that, if followed, will lead to efficient and effective Defensive Driving.

Know your car! – Before taking your car on the road, knowing its limitations and capabilities is one of the most crucial practices in safe driving. Once you know what your car can and can’t do, you would be able to avoid engaging in activities that’s beyond the potential of your particular car.

Double check everything! –  Now that you have the required information about your car, it would be very important to double check everything – starting from your engine all the way to the seat belts – before any driving takes place. It avoids accidents and malfunctions that might cause you to use it improperly.

Attentiveness and Consciousness – Being attentive to everything that is happening around you while driving is another key to defensive driving. While there are the “road hazards” and “aggressive drivers” you can’t avoid, it will be very important that you do not lose track of them. Keep your distance from the dangers that they may cause to you, your car, and your passengers.

Texting while Driving

Here is an example of what you should NOT do while driving.

No to Multitasking! – Although multitasking is a common practice in today’s fast-faced world, it is an activity that should be avoided while driving. To eat, drink and engage in phone calls while operating your car is to increase the possibilities of life-threatening accidents.

Turn Signals – Turn signals, head and rear lights are made to be used. You should be able to utilize them accordingly in order to let the other driver know of your pending actions. If you are to turn right, activate the necessary signal. The same principle can be applied to the mirrors attached to your car; their inclusion is not without purpose, and to ignore them completely would definitely be reckless and unwise.

No to heavy emotions ­– Driving under heavy emotions, such as stress and depression, could cause drivers to be more aggressive as their state of mind is not on the same level as driving. Be sure that once you are behind the wheel, you have composed yourself by putting away all possible distractions.

There are numerous ways a driver can practice defensive driving. The ones listed above are the most common ways on how you would be able to avoid accidents. Remember that there are a lot of things around you which you would not be able to control, so maximize your efforts on the things that you can control. Be a safe driver – practice Defensive Driving!


  1. Bravo. Any attention we can bring to this subject is good. People are die on our roads because someone didn’t pay attention. I think that people don’t stop and think about how dangerous driving an automobile really is. It’s only when someone dies and it’s too late that it finally sinks-in. Again, Bravo!

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