Rule # 15 of Defensive Driving

15. Be a Safe Passer If you decide to pass another car, visually clear the road ahead and behind you first. On one-lane roads, make sure you have enough clear space ahead to pass without interfering with oncoming vehicles. Only pass when it is legal to do so. Do not tailgate prior to passing — maintain your following distance so … Read More

Rule # 14 of Defensive Driving

14. Slow Down in Rain The first thing to do when the rain (or snow up north) starts to fall is slow down. The standard rule of thumb is to slow down by a third in the rain, and by at least half in the snow. Slow more if ice may be present. Make sure your tires are in great … Read More

Rule # 13 of Defensive Driving

13. Beware of Intersections Accidents happen at intersections. Most of these crashes happen when people are making left turns. Hence we ended up with the hated roundabouts.   To reduce your risk, slow down as you approach a green light and make sure to look left, then right, then left again. The first danger to you is the traffic approaching from … Read More

Rule # 12 of Defensive Driving

12. Avoid Distractions Currently, as of 2019 there is no state level law against texting and driving for Arizona drivers! When we assume our driving “duties,” one of the most important is that we be responsible for our actions and the results of those actions. In almost every case, a driver involved in a collision had an opportunity to avoid … Read More

Rule # 11 of Defensive Driving

11. Know Your Blind Spots No one thinks about the blind spots in the front of the vehicle. It depends on the vehicle, but a car typically has many blind areas. The front the sides near the rear of the vehicle, meaning you cannot see anything in these areas by looking in your correctly-adjusted mirrors. Other vehicles may be blind … Read More

Rule # 10 of Defensive Driving

10. Always Signal Your Intentions Be careful not to send the wrong message. For example, if you are approaching an intersection, and you intend to turn right immediately after the intersection into a service station, be careful not to signal too soon. Oncoming traffic may think you intend to turn at the intersection rather than beyond it, and they may … Read More

Rule # 9 of Defensive Driving

9. Create Space Protect your safety by proactively creating space around your vehicle, never allowing yourself to get “boxed in.” Adequate space creates time and helps you avoid collisions. Maintain at least two seconds of following distance. Adjust your position in traffic as necessary to avoid driving in others’ blind areas. Don’t allow yourself to be tailgated—change lanes or adjust … Read More

Rule # 8 of Defensive Driving

8.  Drive With Precision We all know the basics of the traffic laws, however many drivers ignore them for the sake of expediency every day. Why is it important to follow all the little rules that don’t seem to make much difference? Traffic rules are in place to create the consistency and uniformity that allow us to predict with some degree of … Read More

Rule # 7 of Defensive Driving

7. Don’t Run Red There are 2 types of red light runners—there’s the daydreamer or distracted driver who just doesn’t see it, and then there’s the driver who’s impatient and accelerates on the yellow signal instead of stopping and waiting the average 45 seconds of a signal cycle. Running red lights is too dangerous, both for you and for others, no … Read More

Rule # 6 of Defensive Driving

6. Wear Your Seat Belt Seat belts are the most significant safety device ever invented. Seat belts do several things for you. They provide impact protection, they absorb crash forces, and they keep you from being thrown out of the vehicle. They hold you in place while the vehicle collapses around your “safe” zone. Belts help keep you in your … Read More