We have all attended classes or have heard the term “Defensive Driving”. Defensive driving provides driving skills helping you avoid the dangers caused by other people’s dangerous or bad driving. On the other hand, we seldom hear the term “Smart Driving.”
Smart driving has to do with the decisions we make while on the road. Some examples are:
- Doing the right thing at the wrong time: Putting your seatbelt on while the vehicle is in motion is a perfect example of the lack of smart driving. Odds are you do not have full control of your vehicle and can lead to an accident.
- Understanding traffic patterns: When leaving a parking lot, wait a few seconds for traffic to pass preventing incoming vehicle to use their brakes. Traffic patterns are set for breaks in traffic to be every 20 to 30 seconds. As crazy as it sounds, people are not willing to wait a few seconds, they rather put themselves and others in danger.
- Asking one self, “Will I gain five minutes?” How often have we seen a driver drive recklessly only for us to be right behind him/her at the next light. Prior to making the lane change or to speed, ask yourself the basic question, Will I gain five minutes? More than likely the answer is no.
Safe driving begins with you; the decisions you make and the willingness to wait a few seconds will keep you, your family and others safe on the road.
Safety is everyone’s business; at home and at work