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Defensive Driving

Driving defensively means not only taking responsibility for yourself and your actions but also keeping an eye on "the other guy.

Anticipation is one of the most important qualities in a professional driver. Space and time are your best friends so keep lots of each on hand. Anticipate trouble ahead. Assume the worst conditions and make allowances for every possible error.

Keep your distance from the vehicle in front by using the two second rule. When you see the car ahead approach a check point, like a road sign or hydra pole, count for two seconds.

That's at least how long it should take you to reach the same check point. You should never drive with less than 2 seconds and many conditions require more distance.

In conditions of poor visibility or traction, or if your vehicle is heavily loaded or you are feeling a little "under the weather" increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead.

Make eye contact
Make sure other drivers can see you ... particularly at intersections. Don't hesitate to use your horn or headlights to establish eye contact. Position your vehicle clearly so other road users know what you plan to do next. Be predictable.
Use your headlights night and day.
Make sure your tires and windshield wipers are in good condition and your car has regular mechanical check ups.

A simple rule always "drive accordingly"

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