ARE YOU A DEFENSIVE DRIVER?

Defensive driving refers to adopting a proactive attitude and anticipating potential hazards instead of simply reacting to them. Here are a few techniques to help you avoid dangers proactively:

BE AWARE

Eliminate the potential distractions of cell phones, loud music and passengers who may distract you while on the road. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, and check your mirrors- internal as well as the external ones which collectively give you a complete panoramic view. Side vision is as important as your view of the front- do not put shades of sun film that can block your view of the sides.

BE COMFORTABLE

Adjust the car seat, steering wheel and mirrors to your comfort. Familiarize yourself with the car controls so as to use the turn signals, headlights and other controls without difficulty. Ensure that your music is turned on at a low volume, and doesn’t distract you from the road.

SAFE DISTANCES

Avoid following other cars too closely, and keep a safe distance in the parallel lane to ensure you have enough space to maneuver. An easy to remember norm is that you should always be able to see the rear wheels of the vehicle ahead of you. Maintain a safe following distance (The 3 Second Rule)

OBEY THE LAWS

Always wear your seat belt. Ensure regular maintenance to keep the vehicle’s brake systems and safety mechanisms in good working order. Two wheeler riders and pillion riders must wear helmets at all times.

SIDE VISION

Side vision is as important as your view in the front- do not put shades or sun film that blocks the view of the outside world. Please remember that if you can see the outside view as dark grey during daytime, you may see nothing in the night and on dimly lit roads. Look for information on the sun film permitted in the local jurisdiction, in most of the RTO jurisdiction, they insist on 85% penetration of light.

DO NOT BE ADVENTUROUS ON THE ROAD

If someone overtakes you in an incorrect way, do not try to get into a race with them. Your safety is your primary concern. Road rage is a major cause of many mishaps.

HIGHWAY DRIVING CALLS FOR EXTRA CARE

Always anticipate the moves of vehicles ahead as the fellow drivers may experience highway hypnosis. Allow for longer distances to switch lanes. Drive in the correct lane appropriate to your vehicle type and speed. Always keep your hazard warning indicators switched on if you have to stop on a highway even at a safe point along the curb. And remember the time tested dictum- Start early, drive carefully, arrive safely!

Learning defensive driving skills can help us avoid dangers proactively.

courtsey: Internal News Letter

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