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Defining a Defensive Driver
A defensive driver is one who practices a form of driving that involves constant awareness, anticipation, and preparedness for unpredictable actions of other drivers or sudden changes in road conditions. They are not just reactive but proactive, anticipating potential hazards and making safe, well-informed decisions.
The Importance of a Positive Attitude in Defensive Driving
A positive attitude towards driving is a hallmark of a defensive driver. But why is this so important?
- Respect for Others: A positive attitude in driving manifests as respect for other road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. This respect results in safer behaviors, like yielding the right of way when needed, keeping a safe following distance, and using indicators when turning or changing lanes.
- Patience and Calmness: Defensive drivers stay patient and calm, even in challenging situations. They don’t succumb to road rage or let frustration affect their driving. Instead, they maintain composure and make sensible decisions, significantly reducing the risk of accidents.
- Responsibility and Safety: With a positive attitude, defensive drivers prioritize safety over speed or competitiveness. They adhere to speed limits, follow traffic rules, and understand that they are responsible not only for their safety but also for the safety of others on the road.