Jul 25 2012 Advertorial Feature
It seems that every year car insurance quotes are getting more expensive. As a result, any no claims discounts which drivers are able to accumulate become even more valuable and losing them more of a penalty. The best way of keeping your insurance costs down is to avoid getting involved in accidents, and the best way of doing that is by adopting defensive driving techniques. So what is defensive driving? Here we will look at what it means and how we can use it to keep out of trouble.
Defensive driving is refers to a particular style driving. It is one of the more intellectual driving styles and it aims to keep you distanced from any problems created by hazardous conditions and the actions of other drivers. It will not only keep you safe on the road and hence keep your insurance costs down; it will also save you money on fuel, on tyres and on brakes. Defensive drivers can save up to 25% of fuel costs just by driving defensively.
It is important that you practice defensive driving all the time, not just occasionally. If you are in a hurry to get to a business meeting, if you are out for a weekend drive with the family, if you are driving home from an evening out on the town, defensive driving will ensure that you get to your destination safely.
At the core of defensive driving is the anticipation of potentially dangerous situations. You need to increase your awareness of all that is happening around you in a rational manner. The defensive driver is not subject to emotions; he has those under total control. He or she never experiences aggression or road rage when driving and never seeks to punish other drivers for such sins as cutting you up. There are many aspects to defensive driving, and here are just a few of them:
• Always ensure that you leave enough space around you and that you understand the relationships between space and speed.
• Always adjust your speed to the current weather and road conditions and increase your gap to the car in front as appropriate.
• Try to stick to speed limits, particularly in built up areas. In built up areas pay particular attention to pedestrians and be continually aware of what they might do next. Always look out for children, animals and balls.
• Always be aware of potential escape routes should something unexpected happen.
• Be as aware of what is going on behind you are you are about what is happening in front. Dont just check your mirrors before manoeuvring, monitor them continually.
• Always expect other drivers to make mistakes, for instance not to stop at traffic lights. Never blindly pass through green lights, always look to check that nobody has jumped to red.
• Always keep your cool, always be calm and patient, and never respond to aggressive and bullying tactics of others; just keep out of their way or let them overtake you.
Anybody can become a defensive driver, so why not give it a go?