#SafetyCHAMP Defensive Driving

Defensive driving skills are defined as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. (National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course). It is training many of us have had, teaching us various skills going beyond the knowledge of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving. Its purpose is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others.

The issue is, are we practicing those skills on a daily basis, have we even thought about the skills taught in class?

You may ask why? Or what a waste of time, I can drive just fine.

I guess that’s what a father of three children must of thought. He, after having attended the defensive driving course his company provided, was following too closely in a rain storm and crashed into the vehicle ahead of him. He lost one child and severely injured the other. Do not let this be you…practice the safety skills taught at work.

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