What Is Implied By The Term Defensive Driving



Defensive Driving is an Australian concept of driving. Malaysia has converted from formerly following British method of driving to the more modern defensive driving system as advocated by Australia.

In short, “defensive” driving is driving safely and trying not to be involved in accidents. Following traffic rules, road signs and other regulations which pertains to driving are all good habits which assists a driver to avoid being involved in an accidents, is in reality “defensive” form of driving.

Pre driving checks which a driver makes upon tyres, brakes and other mechanical aspects, prior to his going on a long distance journey, tantamount to preventing accidents from taking place. This in a way, is part of defensive driving.

Planning our journey, the time of departure, where we intent to stop along our way in order to rest, all adds up in helping a driver avoid accidents.

Ensuring enough time is allocated for the “journey” eliminates a driver “fighting” against time. This creates a “tension free” atmosphere for the driver. Eventually, a safer journey is this achieved.

Realising a long, hard journey ahead early the next morning, a driver goes to bed early, anticipating a good night’s rest.

He wants to be “alert”, as he knows a tired driver makes a bad driver and accidents can happen because of it.

At times, while traveling along the highway, we see a driver heading straight in our direction. As an alert driver, you have to do something about it.

We have to assume something is amiss. Flash your head lights. The driver might have “dozed” off for all you know. Or he might be concentrating on something important to the extent of neglecting his driving.

The worse scenario is for you to pull over to the sidewalk, thus averting an imminent accident taking place.

Driving along a highway, it’s a normal thing for motorist to drive over 110 km/h. This is Malaysia’s maximum speed permissible. As we approach a toll booth ahead of us, we observe a long que at the booth ahead.

A good driver will instinctively react by reducing his speed in preparation to slow down and eventually pay his tolls due.

A good, defensive driver knows his duty is to approach a toll booth with a speed of no more than 60 km/h. As such, incidents of drivers ramming into toll booths due to brakes failure and excessive speeds should in fact not arise at all.

In “defensive driving” we as good drivers should be on the “alert” at all times. We as drivers can cause accidents occasionally. At the same time, do not forget that we can also play a part to prevent accidents from taking place just as well.

If only more drivers adopt to the defensive form of driving, it is most certain, without a doubt, there will be fewer road accidents happening.

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