You may have heard of the term defensive driving but may have wondered what it is all about. In fact, defensive driving is nothing but being prepared for problems caused on the road by anticipating them. These problems could be caused by other drivers, road conditions, pedestrians and even the weather.
Subconsciously, most of rely on our instincts when driving and these instincts serve us well when we practice defensive driving. Defensive driving may all be about common sense but as the saying goes that is all to uncommon these days.
When you are driving your SKODA, make it a point to obey all traffic rules. Like driving below, the speed limit, stopping at stop signs, etc. One of the basic concepts of defensive driving is accepting the fact that traffic laws have been put into place for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Once you understand this principle, you have taken the first step towards becoming a defensive driver.
To put it in a nutshell, the 3-second rule says that you will need 1.5 seconds to spot a potential risk and another 1.5 seconds to react, hit the brakes and slow down. To measure this, wait for the vehicle in front of you to pass a stationary object along the road and count to 3 seconds. If you pass the same object before 3 seconds, your SKODA is too close to the vehicle in front of you. Of course, the rule is not sacrosanct and will vary according to the size of the vehicle in front of you and weather conditions.
One of the integral principles of defensive driving is being aware of other drivers and anticipating what they will be up to. For example, if a car overtakes your SKODA and there’s not much space between that car and a slow-moving truck in the same lane, you can be certain the driver will ‘cut’ you. Anticipating what the driver might do will help you make the necessary adjustments.
There are plenty of aggressive drivers on the road and defensive driving advocates against reacting to these people. Don’t confront them or participate in their antics. Just give way and enjoy a peaceful drive in your SKODA.
A vital part of being a good defensive driver is knowing where your surroundings are at all times. Apart from looking at the road ahead, constantly check your side and rear-view mirrors.
An important part of defensive driving is the ability to react quickly to any situation. To do that your hands should be in the 10 and 12 positions on the wheel and your feet should hover above the pedals in your SKODA.
Happy and safe driving!