Defensive Driving Tip………………… Slow-Moving Vehicles

Defensive Driving Tip # 36: Beware of Stopped or Slow-Moving Vehicles Be cautious when passing stopped or slow-moving vehicles. They often hide dangers that are not immediately apparent. The first defensive driving  rule is to ask yourself is why? Why is the vehicle moving slowly, or why is it stopped? This defensive driving rule is about patience, courtesy and taking … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… No Chicken With a Train

Defensive Driving Tip #35: Never Play Chicken With a Train   We know that injuries and fatalities that occur at highway-rail crossings or on railroad property are a real, but often preventable, problem. Few people realize that in America, a person or vehicle is hit by a train roughly every three hours, and that’s a reality we’re determined to change. I … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Deal With Light Glare

Defensive Driving Tip #34: Deal With Light Glare   Many of us have seen the old WWII submarine movies (like “Das Boot”) where the officers don dark goggles and the sub’s interior lights are dimmed to red, in order to protect the night vision of the officers and “lookouts.” This was a matter of life and death — a few … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Single-Vehicle Collision

Defensive Driving Tip #33: Avoid the Single-Vehicle Collision When thinking about defensive driving many people think about what the most “dangerous” collision is, they don’t always come up with the correct answer on first guess. Many think it is the “T-Bone” (a 90 degree impact at an intersection), or a head-on. These are serious collisions, and along with rear-end collisions, … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Be A Safe Passer

Defensive Driving Tip #32:    I was driving from Phoenix to Willams, one evening, on one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in Arizona. I was passed — across double yellow lines — by a delivery truck (similar to a large U-Haul or Ryder rental truck). I was doing the speed limit, or close to it. He passed in … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Avoid Head-On Collisions

Defensive Driving Tip #31: Avoid Head-On Collisions As a defensive driving instructor a head-on collision is the worst crash most of us can think of. Thankfully, they are relatively rare. Still, you should be prepared for one. A young mother was on an Arizona highway, with her sister and her child. She had great visibility. In front of her was smooth, … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip………………… Recover From A Skid

Defensive Driving Tip #30: Know How To Recover From A Skid         What’s the best defensive driving way not to get into a skid? Avoid it in the first place! One of the best ways to avoid trouble on the road (not just skids) is to drive smoothly. True professionals drive so seamlessly that you do not … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #29: Check for Hydroplaning

Defensive Driving Tip #29: Check for Hydroplaning Defensive driving instructors will tell you that hydroplaning is what happens when the tread on your tires cannot channel all the rain-water out from under your tires – or, from under each patch of tire that is supposed to be resting on the road and providing you with traction. When hydroplaning, those tire … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #28: Maintain an Even, Measured Pace

Defensive Driving Tip #28: Maintain an Even, Measured Pace   What defensive driving? One of the most frequent factors behind collisions is the “jackrabbit” driver. He’s the guy who’s constantly changing speeds, changing lanes, tailgating, and otherwise not fitting into traffic. Other often interrelated causes of traffic collisions are “disparate” vehicle speeds (when one driver is driving much faster than … Read More

Defensive Driving Tip #27: Get Rid of Tailgaters

Defensive Driving Tip #27: Get Rid of Tailgaters Most defensive driving instructors will tell you not to tailgate other vehicles for several reasons. Following too closely is a factor in about 40% of collisions (in my state of Arizona), and they are not always minor in terms of injuries and fatalities. Following too closely often restricts your vision, making it … Read More