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Defensive Driving Tips



Some tips for driving safety.

Some tips for driving safety.



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    Defensive Driving Tips Defensive Driving Tips Presentation Transcript

    • Anatomy of an Accident People in a Hurry Until Disaster Slowed Them Down Driving Safety Emphasis Safety
    • ANATOMY OF AN ACCIDENT: Problem 1 - People in a Hurry
      • Closest auto Stops
      • for RED LIGHT, pedestrians
      • take off to cross . . .
    • 2. Uninterested zombie motorist keeps going to “ beat the light”. ANATOMY OF AN ACCIDENT: Problem 2 - Automatic Pilot Safety
    • ANATOMY OF AN ACCIDENT: Disaster Strikes 3. MAN SMACKED BY CAR - He and his briefcase go flying! He suffers severe injuries. Safety
    • Post Mortem
      • Where was Risk Management?
            • Pedestrian: "Yeah, but there was a red
            • light and I had the "walk" sign!”
            • Motorist: “I can still make that light!”
      • Safety Moral:
            • It’s your life – you need to pay attention.
            • Safety has to be earned, moment by
            • moment
            • THINK SAFE!
      • Get the Big Picture – drivers often focus on the road ahead, but forget about what’s going on the sides or behind their vehicle. Look to both sides and check your mirrors frequently. SITUATIONAL AWARNESS .
      • Keep Your Eyes Moving – develop a good scanning habit, and avoid staring at one object for too long. Hopefully you can “see” your way out of trouble!
      Defensive Driving Tips
      • Be Seen and Heard – avoid driving in another vehicle’s blind spot. Use your lights (headlights, tail lights, turn signals) to signal your intentions, and use your horn when appropriate (as a warning device—not to tell another driver they’re getting on your nerves).
      • Always Leave a Way Out – anticipate possible conflicts in the road ahead, and select an alternate path of travel should the possibility become the reality. Maintain a 2-second following distance (as a minimum) behind the car in front of you.
      Defensive Driving Tips
    • Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed
      • Head-on Collision
        • Bad Judgment - passing at the wrong time (curves, night time, in a hurry)
        • Distraction - kids, changing a tape or CD, or talking on a cell phone.
        • Safest highways are ones with center dividers or spaces, and where there are on and off ramps.
    • Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed
      • At a STOP sign – (other drivers failed to stop)
        • Be extra careful at intersections!
          • Approx 1/3 of all collisions occur at intersections
        • Make sure the other car is stopping
          • Make eye contact (if possible) with the other driver to ensure they are not distracted and that they see you
    • Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed
      • A majority of accidents happen on side roads and "byways".
      • No stop signs or traffic lights - Serious accidents happen in places as apparently unlikely as:
        • Parking lots
        • Driveways
        • Unmarked side roads
    • Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed
      • Struck by another driver running a red light
        • Don’t rush into the intersection the moment the light changes
        • Even when your light has turned to green, take one more look both ways to be sure no one is coming
        • (Think about how many times you’ve tried to sneak under the yellow light!) 
    • Final Tips
      •   •  Stay alert -- don't drive drowsy (take refresher breaks every few hours if driving for long)
      • •  Don't ever drink alcoholic beverages or use drugs (prescription or otherwise) prior or during driving!! NEVER!
    • Final Tips   •  Allow more time for your trip Plan an additional 10-15% travel time for gas and rest stops.   •  Pull over and stop your car to use a cellular phone •  Let irate drivers pass you-- don't get mad, get them out of your hair!
    • The 4 S’s of Traffic Fatalities
      • SPEED
      • SOBRIETY
      • SEAT BELTS
      • SENSE (COMMON)