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Defensive Driving Can Help Avoid Car Accidents

Knowing how to adapt to dangerous driving situations, careless drivers, and other unexpected traffic-related dangers, are some of the reasons why defensive driving courses are encouraged for all drivers. Drivers who learn how to drive defensively, and apply the techniques when driving, are less likely to be involved in traffic accidents. While it may not be possible to avoid all dangerous road situations, having the skill set to deal with them can possibly save lives and, at the very least, avoid the inconvenience and expense of an accident.

What Is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving refers both to a driving technique and a driver safety course offered to drivers. Defensive driving teaches drivers certain road safety tips and techniques to help avoid traffic accidents. Some of these safety tips include:

  • Looking ahead at possible problems on the road and making necessary adjustments to avoid an accident;
  • Not driving with the expectation that other drivers will follow traffic rules;
  • Never driving while impaired, including driving tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Being aware of environmental conditions and planning trips to avoid speeding to compensate for bad weather;
  • Keeping a safe distance from other drivers on the road;
  • Keeping emotions in check in order to avoid road rage;
  • How to drive around emergency situations; and,
  • Avoiding distractions such as cell phone use or eating while driving.

At its core, the techniques are aimed at getting the driver to take more control of their driving and how he or she is affected by the road conditions around them.

Defensive driving courses may be required by an employer or as part of a judicial process following a traffic offense. Some drivers may choose to take online courses offered to teach defensive driving strategies. There are discounts available to some groups of drivers wishing to learn more about how defensive driving can improve their driving skills.

In Ohio, a defensive driving course is also referred to as a remedial driving course. The course is usually offered to drivers who have received traffic tickets. In such cases, a driver who successfully completes an approved remedial driving course, and has no more than twelve points on his or her license, may apply to the registrar for a credit of two points on their driving record.

Taking a defensive driving course and learning safe driving techniques, can make a great difference in staying safe on the road. No matter how experienced a driver, it is important to keep improving driving skills in order to ensure safer roads for all.

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