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
Stress and fatigue can be a dangerous combination when they are present
in a driver. Some techniques for combating the effects of stress
and fatigue are singing, playing soothing music, stretching before
entering your car, or simply waiting to drive until you are more at
ease with yourself or current situation. Sure! This
may delay your arrival, but you’re taking the necessary steps to ensure
that do, in fact, arrive!
Another defensive driving technique used by defensive drivers is
planning ahead for your trip. If you are easily irritated and
frustrated, it is not advisable to leave for vacation in Friday
afternoon rush hour traffic. Of course rush hour is avoidable if
you’re commuting to and from work; therefore, plan ahead and avoid the
unexpected. You can do this by checking the weather conditions,
allowing extra time for your commute or trip, have an alternate route
handy in the event you encounter construction or other obstacles or are
diverted from your path, and understand the rules of the road and
traffic signs that pertain to the area in which you are driving.
Defensive driving does not always allow us to avoid unexpected
situations, but it helps us to navigate and overcome them when we
encounter them on the road.
Defensive driving means being aware, being prepared and being
courteous; these techniques could save your life. Also, don’t
assume that everyone on the road is a defensive driver; in fact, assume
the opposite and stay alert to your surroundings. Maintain your
vehicle, plan ahead, avoid driving when you are under stress and
understand the damage that your vehicle can cause if, even for a
second, you are not in complete control of it or of yourself.
Arrive safely by driving defensively.