Defensive Driving


Why Defensive Driving?

Most of you consider yourselves pretty good drivers and the chances are you are pretty good drivers. But good drivers often make mistakes and the average driver makes tens of thousands of mistakes in his or her driving lifetime.

The average driver drives to fast, too close to others, changes lane to often and frequently become complacent and inattentive while behind the wheel. For most people, avoiding an accident is more a matter of good luck than driving skill – Schlumberger.

What is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving is the demonstration of an attitude, awareness and driving skills which:

  1. Makes allowance for the lack of skill and unpredictable actions of other road users, including pedestrians

  2. Makes allowance for road conditions, weather and the physical features of the road layout, so the driver has complete control of the situation at all times.

  3. Uses the mechanical features in the car so that it is in the right position on the road, at the right speed and maintains a escape route at all times.

  4. Quite efficiency is the mark of the defensive driver.

Defensive Driving Notes (Managing Visibility, Time and Space)

  1. Defensive driving requires that you can manage visibility, time and space while driving in traffic. This can help reduce the risk of a collision.
    Drivers must constantly process information to make accurate decisions, They do this by:

  2. Searching the roadway and off-road areas 20 to 30 seconds ahead for information that can help plan a path of   travel.

  3. Identifying objects or conditions 12 to 15 seconds ahead that could interfere with the path of travel.

  4. Predicting actions or changes in conditions on or near the roadway that could increase the risk level.

  5. Deciding at least 4 to 5 seconds ahead what actions to take to control or reduce risk.

  6. Executing decisions.

Benefits of Participating in the Defensive Driving Courses


By participating in this Defensive Driving Courses, the drivers will learn how to manage and practise visibility, time and space to achieve efficient driving performance. However the programme is not meant to turn motorists into racing drivers but enable them to learn more than just how to use a car and be aware of his or her responsibility on the road.

  1. The full-day training and practical exercises will be conducted by three experienced driving instructors.
    Participants are required to go through a list of manoeuvres, braking exercise, understeer and oversteer again correction.

  2. The participants can enhance their driving strengths by being more perceptive of critical driving situations and respond appropriately and safely. The programme is meant to enable them to learn more than just how to use a car and be aware of his or her responsibility on the road.

  3. Learn how to determine a 2 to 3 second following distance.

  4. Identify the correct way to use the 2 seconds rule following distance.

  5. Describe the purpose of the 12 seconds rule and = 30 second visual lead time if the driver’s vision is blocked by a large vehicle such as van or truck (This extra distance will give the participants better visibility of a collision or blocked lane ahead)

    *Learn techniques necessary for avoiding crashes.

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