It’s easy to get complacent behind the wheel. Maybe you have a stellar driving record, or you’re just lucky enough to have avoided trouble so far. But that can change in an instant, and the more lax you are, the less prepared you’ll be when hazards pop up. And they will pop up!
Below are Basic Principles of Defensive Driving
No safety program would be complete without addressing transportation safety. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation incidents accounted for 40 percent of fatal workplace injuries in 2014. Regardless of what you do, driving to and from work is probably the riskiest part of your day. In addition to seat belt safety, vehicle maintenance, watching your speed, and obeying traffic laws, defensive driving is critical to your personal safety and the safety of your team.
The National Safety Council defines defensive driving as "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others." (ANSI/ASSE Z15.1)
You probably learned defensive driving techniques back in driver’s ed…but when was the last time you really practiced them? Refresh yourself on these basic practices next time you’re behind the wheel:
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