Additional Information on ProActive Driving:
(with thanks to Canada Safety Council)
Definition: Defensive Driving is controlling a vehicle so as to prevent/avoid collisions despite the (unsafe) actions of others and the surrounding (adverse) conditions.
Principles of the defensive/proactive attitude:
1. KNOWLEDGE: of traffic laws and safe & responsible practices
2. ALERTNESS: in attending to the constantly changing traffic conditions
3. FORESIGHT: in anticipating and predicting unsafe actions of other drivers
4. JUDGMENT: in making decisions of least risk
5. SKILL: in adjusting to changing conditions of the total traffic scene
A PREVENTABLE collision is one in which a driver failed to do everything reasonable and possible to prevent it. Did the driver make an error in any of the above elements of proactive driving.
Standard Collision Prevention Formula
Recognize the Hazard …..
Know the Defence …..
- space management
visual search pattern
Act in Time …..
For these considerations to work all the time, the driver must be “fit” for the driving task.
emotionally in control