Defensive driving, strategy for safe driving
“Driving defensively involves maintaining a safety space between our vehicle and other road users, making other drivers notice the presence of our vehicle and having enough time to make decisions.”
This is the description of the defensive driving course that in Colombia is given by the Colombian Security Council (CCS) and whose recommendations are appropriate to travel safely through the national roads during this Christmas season of visits and family outings.
The CCS has been working for 30 years on the subject of safe driving. As part of the search for greater benefits for its associates, it established an agreement with the National Safety Council (NSC) of the United States, becoming a public training center for the DEFENSIVE HANDLING course, certified and authorized by this international organization. In fact, in recent days he received the Best Performance Award from the NSC.
The course includes tactics for young drivers, for mature drivers and points out the best ways to improve mobility, hearing, vision, take measures against tiredness or drowsiness and indicates tips when people should take medication.
The tactics of the course help save lives, time and money despite the prevailing conditions and the actions of others. Some of the recommendations to which the course invites are:
-When driving defensively near large vehicles:
-Not located near the blind spots of large vehicles.
-Not drive very close to the large vehicle; Once we had it, we did not re-enter the lane very quickly.
-Be ready for strong air currents when moving to a large vehicle.
Likewise, the course recommends these three tactics when approaching a slow vehicle:
-Keep enough distance to see what happens around the vehicle.
-Do not lose patience.
-When it is safe to pass, leave a lot of space between us and the slow vehicle.
Driving defensively, knowing and respecting our vehicle and being courteous with other drivers, allows us to share the road with all types of vehicles and drivers of any fitness.
A defensive driver does everything reasonable to avoid a crash or infraction. If that means slowing down when the weather conditions are bad, the defensive driver slows down. If it means letting a problem driver get ahead, the defensive driver lets go forward without objecting to the action. The facts show that most of the crashes are avoidable. What is even more important is that infractions are the cause of most crashes.