Defensive Driving Tips

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Defensive Driving Tips

  1. 1. Anatomy of an Accident People in a Hurry Until Disaster Slowed Them Down Driving Safety Emphasis Safety
  2. 2. ANATOMY OF AN ACCIDENT: Problem 1 - People in a Hurry <ul><li>Closest auto Stops </li></ul><ul><li>for RED LIGHT, pedestrians </li></ul><ul><li>take off to cross . . . </li></ul>Safety
  3. 3. 2. Uninterested zombie motorist keeps going to “ beat the light”. ANATOMY OF AN ACCIDENT: Problem 2 - Automatic Pilot Safety
  4. 4. ANATOMY OF AN ACCIDENT: Disaster Strikes 3. MAN SMACKED BY CAR - He and his briefcase go flying! He suffers severe injuries. Safety
  5. 5. Post Mortem <ul><li>Where was Risk Management? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pedestrian: &quot;Yeah, but there was a red </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>light and I had the &quot;walk&quot; sign!” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Motorist: “I can still make that light!” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Safety Moral: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s your life – you need to pay attention. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safety has to be earned, moment by </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>moment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>THINK SAFE! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Safety
  6. 6. <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul>Defensive Driving Tips
  7. 7. <ul><li>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). </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Defensive Driving Tips
  8. 8. Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed <ul><li>Head-on Collision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bad Judgment - passing at the wrong time (curves, night time, in a hurry) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distraction - kids, changing a tape or CD, or talking on a cell phone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safest highways are ones with center dividers or spaces, and where there are on and off ramps. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed <ul><li>At a STOP sign – (other drivers failed to stop) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be extra careful at intersections! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approx 1/3 of all collisions occur at intersections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure the other car is stopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact (if possible) with the other driver to ensure they are not distracted and that they see you </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed <ul><li>A majority of accidents happen on side roads and &quot;byways&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>No stop signs or traffic lights - Serious accidents happen in places as apparently unlikely as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parking lots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Driveways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unmarked side roads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Top 5 Reasons Why Good Drivers Get Injured or Killed <ul><li>Struck by another driver running a red light </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t rush into the intersection the moment the light changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even when your light has turned to green, take one more look both ways to be sure no one is coming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Think about how many times you’ve tried to sneak under the yellow light!)  </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Final Tips <ul><li>  •  Stay alert -- don't drive drowsy (take refresher breaks every few hours if driving for long) </li></ul><ul><li>•  Don't ever drink alcoholic beverages or use drugs (prescription or otherwise) prior or during driving!! NEVER! </li></ul>
  13. 14. 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!
  14. 15. The 4 S’s of Traffic Fatalities <ul><li>SPEED </li></ul><ul><li>SOBRIETY </li></ul><ul><li>SEAT BELTS </li></ul><ul><li>SENSE (COMMON) </li></ul>

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