This section contains information valuable about driving safety,
including information about defensive driving techniques, road rage,
Virginia school zones and Virginia Seat Belt Law.
Defensive Driving Techniques
The basic principle behind Virginia defensive driving is
awareness. If you are aware of the dangers that lurk on the road,
you can respond in a manner that protects you and your
passengers. Constant and focused awareness of your surroundings,
road conditions, your car’s maintenance needs, and the behavior of
other drivers can keep you alive behind-the-wheel. Defensive
drivers are the exact opposite of aggressive drivers; defensive drivers
are calm, cool, collected and possess the strength required to avoid,
not confront, an aggressive driver. Defensive Drivers ‘forgive
and forget.’ Read
Road rage is an individual’s reaction to a driving situation that
results in retaliation and dangerous behavior. Road rage is more
than anger; when a driver reaches a level of anger at which he or she
begins to react physically, it often culminates in a road rage, a
criminal offense. The behavior can be as minor as a threat or it
can escalate to the actual harm or death of the driver who becomes the
target of an individual’s road rage. Read more...
Virginia School Zones
The authority to establish and monitor Virginia speed limits lies
primarily in the hands of the Transportation Commissioner; however,
some towns and certain counties are permitted to establish speed limits
within their jurisdiction, as long as the speed limits do not exceed
the State speed limits. Virginia State speed limits are
recommended by engineers who have assessed the driving area using
several factors in the surrounding areas that include traffic volume,
population density, research on traffic patterns and traffic accidents
and more. Read more...
Virginia Seat Belt Law
Pursuant to Virginia State Code §46.2-1094, occupants of front seats
who are 16 years or older are required to use safety lap belts and
shoulder harnesses. Children under 16 years of age are required
by the seat belt law to be secured with a seat belt or within a car
seat no matter where in the vehicle they are sitting.
Additionally, children must be secured in a car seat or booster seat
based on the Virginia child seat guidelines outlined below. Read more...