Safe Driving – Part 1


Most of us think we’re good drivers. However, the facts indicate that we all could improve our driving habits. The most common cause of motor vehicle collisions is improper driving. Many think that collisions, injuries and death will not happen to us or someone close; but the facts show that it can and does happen everyday. We need to become not only good drivers but defensive drivers, by doing this we reduce our chances of becoming the next statistic.

  • Ensure that there is 12 to 15 inches between the drivers chest and the center of the steering wheel.
  • In good driving conditions, follow the three second rule. When the driver in front of you passes something stationary, you should not pass the same item until three seconds after.
  • If you are driving a vehicle equipped with an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and the vehicle starts to skid, you should turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go.
  • For every 10mph/16kph over 50mph, the risk of death in a traffic accident is doubled.
  • The law gives no driver the right of way, it only states which driver must yield to the right of way. So the old notion of “having the right of way” is wrong, deadly wrong.


Identifying risky driving attitudes and behaviors…

Read each statement below and pick the one(s) that indicate your current driving attitudes and behaviors.

  • I can do other tasks while driving, such as talk on a cell phone or eat.
  • I get irritated when I think other drivers are driving too slowly.
  • I may ignore traffic signs if I’m in a hurry.
  • I drive the same speed no matter what weather or traffic conditions.
  • I’m a good driver so I don’t always need to wear a safety belt.
  • I can still drive safely as long as I only have a few drinks.
  • I often make turns and change lanes without using the directional signal.

Your attitude toward other drivers and driving usually indicate what you are willing to do to get what you want when you are driving. If you picked any of the statements above, your attitude is a collision risk factor.

The fact is that we all take risks sometimes and when we do, we temporarily let someone or something else take control of the situation.

Before we choose to take a risk, give someone or something else control, we should ask ourselves two questions:

  1. Is getting what I want or where I want to go so important that I am willing to risk my life or other people’s lives?
  2. Am I willing to be involved in a collision or worst just to get to work on time, get ahead of someone else or have some fun?

If you answer yes to these questions, even sometimes; we have to accept the responsibility and results of risk taking behavior.

Lets revisit one of the risk factor statements…

  • I get irritated when I think other drivers are driving too slowly.

In this case, the attitude is reflected in the word irritated. Some drivers might choose to tailgate to get the slower driver to speed up ur just to make him or her nervous. Such an attitude contributes to unsafe  behavior, tailgating, which could result in a rear-end collision.
If we lived in a perfect world, every driver would:

  • Pay attention
  • Drive at an appropriate speed
  • Show courtesy toward other drivers
  • and there would be no need for defensive driving. But the reality is that we do not . Some drivers seem to only be on the road to make driving much more difficult than it really needs to be. Defensive driving protects us from what is happening around us.

Your attitude toward other drivers and driving indicates what you are willing to do to get what you want and where you want when you are driving.

Each time you get in your vehicle, make it a habit to protect the area around your vehicle so everyone arrives at his or her destination safely. Use the Driving for five rule, pretend that the five most important people are driving in the cars around you

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