Defensive driving is a form of training or
Defensive driving is a form of training or practice for motor vehicle drivers to drive in such a way that they consciously reduce the dangers associated with driving.
They do this by anticipating dangerous scenarios, which could range from bad weather to erring motorists. For Example:
Suppose you are the second car in line at traffic lights. Your front bumper is three feet from the car in front of you. You look in your rearview mirror and notice a car is approaching you at a high speed. The driver is waving at some girls and doesn't see the red light until it is too late.
He slams on his brakes and all you hear is the screeching of his tyres followed by a loud and sickening CRUNCH. Everything suddenly fades to black. The next thing you notice is a ambulance man trying to take your pulse as the Jaws of Life are ripping apart your car so you can be extracted. Of course you noticed that the driver that hit you is not hurt and you overhear him telling the police that YOU reversed into him. As you slip back into unconsciousness you remember the wise words of your father; when your driving always GIVE YOURSELF AN OUT.
If only you had left a car and a half length between you and the car in front of you. You could have pulled forward or even out of the way before the impact.
Defensive driving is designed to heighten your awareness of everything happening around you while driving. If you start developing these habits early and realize that every time you get in a car there is risk involved, you increase your chances that you won't be involved in a collision.
A driver who practices defensive driving has learned to control his emotions and is not easily affected by other drivers who may exhibit bad driving behavior and practices. A defensive driver is ever watchful and careful. He is one who can quickly identify and predict potential road problems and then immediately decide and act appropriately to avoid dangers and accidents