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A defensive driver is a safe driver. Driving defensively prevents accidents and injuries as well as unexpected, additional business costs (vehicle repairs, increased insurance premiums, etc.).
Defensive driving applies to all drivers, but the importance is magnified for the driver of a commercial motor vehicle, as this type of vehicle covers more distance than a car or pickup truck when:
- Changing lanes, or
- The driver is reacting to a problem on the road.
- Defensive driving: The use of driving strategies that minimize risk and help to prevent accidents and incidents.
Summary of requirements
Driving defensively means the driver keeps a constant visual scan, operates at an appropriate speed for road conditions, and maintains a safe amount of space around the vehicle. The driver stays alert to changes by looking well ahead, to the sides, and behind the vehicle — observing the entire situation.
Recognizing potential hazards, deciding on an appropriate response, and carrying out the appropriate response are all key to defensive driving.
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