What do you define as defensive driving?

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9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    A defensive driver is one who will do everything possible to avoid a collision.

    That means that they are 100% on the task of driving and are not distracted by stereos, cell phones, passenger conversations, noisy children, the scenery outside, or anything. That means that they are mentally prepared for that task and are well rested, not ill, nor impaired by drugs, alcohol, medications or anything else. It means that there vehicle is well maintained and kept in a safe condition, like with properly inflated tires, clean windshields and wipers, reliable engine and suspension.

    It means that they not only watch their own behavior, they are watching out for the other driver's behavior. The approach intersections with caution, regardless of green or red lights. They anticipate light changes, lane changes and vehicles and pedestrians entering from either side. A defensive driver is watching the traffic flow in front by several hundred yards, behind by nearly as far and to each side for a couple of lanes. Their head are on a swivel with a regualar pattern of looking ahead, to the rear view mirror, ahead, to a side mirror, ahead, to the other side mirror, ahead, to the dashboard instuments, ahead and so on.

    A defensive driver is one that who knows that nothing is more important, during the drive that the complete control of his vehicle, and is aware of EVERYTHING possible that can effect his vehicle.

    Source(s): Certified Instructor, National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course 4
  • 4 years ago


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  • bounds
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Define Defensive

  • Russ B
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Just drive with an assumption that all other drivers don't know what they are doing. Always leave yourself and out and give other people room for error. Don't assume a driver will yield to you because you are on the main highway and he is on the ramp. Basically drive in a way that will help you avoid accidents where other drivers are at fault not you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    To me defensive driving is regarding every other driver as an idiot, and driving so as to take account of their stupidity, and in doing so being aware of all that is going on around me, thus avoiding situations that they may create...it's called forward planning and watching the road ahead not the end of your bonnet!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is a form of training for motor vehicle drivers that goes beyond mastery of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving.

    Its aim is to reduce the risk of driving by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others.

    This can be achieved through adherence to a variety of general rules, as well as the practice of specific driving techniques.

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  • 3 years ago

    I'm interested in this as well

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Good replies, just what I was looking for.

  • 3 years ago

    stupid people yall never put the answer choices

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