Defensive driving or low risk driving goes beyond simply knowing the road rules and having a good driving technique. After you have learnt the road rules and developed the necessary driving techniques, you then you need to develop your defensive driving techniques. When you have accomplished this you will be able to minimize your risks of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident. Drive defensively, Risk takers are collision makers.

Avoid all distractions -Keep both eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel

Be visible – drive with your lights on in the night

Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam

Stay within the speed limit at all times.

Be especially alert when approaching traff lights, intersections and level crossings.

Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so

Maintain at least a 3 second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.

Avoid driving on the blind spot of other vehicles.

Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.

Be cautious when driving alone, and avoid stopping in remote areas.

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