Driver Safety - Defensive Driving
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.
Start practicing now by checking your mirrors constantly. Always be aware of what is on your right, your left and behind you.
Check the road ahead. What is on the horizon, what is happening in front of the car ahead of you. Learn to make eye to eye contact with drivers and pedestrians. That way you know they see you. Look at the front wheels of the cars parked on the side of the road. If you see a car with the wheels turned to the right, smoke from exhaust or the lights on is it going to suddenly pull out?
Defensive driving is like learning an art like karate. We learn this art not to punch others or show them how superior we are but to defend ourselves. When you drive always ask what can go wrong? what cannot go wrong? what could reasonably happen? You may had the right a way but the other driver could not only take your way but also your life. It is better to arrive late than not arrive at all!! If you assess the situation constantly, you will be a safer driver for life.
HOW ABOUT YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION TODAY
I'M SAFE ??????? ANSWER THE QUESTION
I= Infection? No, M= Medication? No, S=Sleep? Yes, A=Alcohol? No, F= Food? Yes, E= Emotions? No
If any of the answer is different from above, you should not drive or ride. Remember the code I'M SAFE
You're not at your best if you are ill or very tired. try to avoid driving when you are not feeling well, and plan long trips carefully to provide time for rest stops every couple of hours. If you begin to feel tired, open a window for fresh air and stop for a cup of coffee or tea. Don't drive at all if you are very tired, or for at least 15 minutes after waking from sleep.
Remember also that medicines may affect your driving ability. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about any medication you are taking.