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Five Principles of Defensive Driving

With the seasons and weather changing it’s time to start thinking about defensive driving and how to be safer on the road. Here are the Five Principles of Defensive Driving:

  1. Cushion of Safety – If all conditions are perfect, keep three seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Add one additional second for any condition that is less than perfect, including heavy traffic, not feeling well or other distractions.
  2. Speed Management – Traveling too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limits is a factor in almost one-third of all fatal crashes. In 2011, there were 32,367 fatalities on our Nation’s roadway.
  3. Long Distance Scanning – Keep Your eyes forward and look ahead so you know what is coming.
  4. Keep Your Eyes Moving – Continuously look in your mirrors and scan the road ahead, checking for hazards and slowing traffic.
  5. Plan an Escape Route – You should always assume the worst and be prepared for it. For example, if a driver slams his breaks for no apparent reason, an approaching car drifts into your lane.. always be prepared.

Interested in learning more about defensive driving and how you can be safer on the road? Check out great articles from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here.

Written By: Jennifer Lloyd, Payroll Administrator. Jennifer is also the administrator for North Coast Electric’s safety programs.