Defensive driving course

Defensive driving course from Shift Driving School

By: Shift Driving School  02-02-2011
Keywords: driving school, British Columbia, Driver Training

Defensive driving - driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. It is a form of training drivers for motor vehicle that goes beyond mastery of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving. Its aim is to reduce the risk of driving by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions, or the mistakes of others. This can be achieved through adherence to a variety of general rules, as well as the practice of specific driving techniques.

Preventable injuries/crashes don’t *just* happen to us, they’re inadvertently caused by us, often because we did something without thinking. The good news is: we’re the ones who can prevent them. Changing our thinking is a simple first step. By using SHIFT DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL, you can discover ways to adjust your mindset so that you can enjoy a world of SAFETY, free from serious injury.

A preventable car crash happens every few minutes…

We talk on cell phones. We speed. We get distracted. Sometimes we even just drive a few “short” blocks after having a drink or two. Yet, underneath it all, there’s usually one cause of preventable injuries and death on the road and off. It’s our mindset. We think nothing will happen. Often nothing does. So every day, several times a day, we do things without thinking. By thinking carefully & responsibly about safety, we can change our driving behavior and stop injuries from happening to ourselves and to others.


Car crashes don’t just involve other people. They can happen to you too. When driving, keep your mind on the road and on what you’re doing. Don’t think of the call you want to make or the time you want to save, think of the consequences instead.


Parents have a profound influence on what kind of drivers their teenagers will be. Show them safe driving behaviors right from their first trip in the car.Some things have changed since you learned to drive. Today, there are more drivers on the road and driving decisions must be made faster and in a more congested traffic environment. Also, driving is not always a desirable or necessary mode of travel. Support your teenager’s safe alternative travel choices, such as public transit where feasible.


We know Facts About Teenage Driving and how new young drivers could face higher risks:

         The teenage years can be a time of increased risk-taking and trying new things - such as experimenting with alcohol and drugs.

         Young drivers often drive at times and under conditions of greater risk – more passengers in the vehicle, cell phones and loud music can easily distract an inexperienced driver

         Young people more often drive at times of greater crash risk such as weekend nights.

         New drivers are inexperienced, have not fully developed their driving skills and are at higher risk of crashing.

         Young drivers are more likely to talk and text while driving than other age groups. Their crash risk increases dramatically when are distracted by talking on a cell phone or texting.

         Peer pressure can lead to disastrous consequences.

         Young drivers who can buy their own vehicles sometimes select one that can increase their risk (e.g., a “muscle car” that can be driven at speeds beyond their driving capabilities.)


Our defensive driving techniques are new, contemporary and suggested/recognized by Canada Safety Council:


         Recognize the Hazard


While driving you should always utilize all of your senses to recognize potential road hazards. Visually scan the road ahead to allow time to react safely to approaching hazardous situations. Continuously scan the side and rear for passing or approaching vehicles. Never assume everything will be all right, assume that other drivers will make errors. Adjust speed, direction and position to safely negotiate any road hazards.Stay alert at all times.


         Understand the Defense


There are specific ways of handling specific situations. We’ll teach them all and you should learn them well, so you can apply them when the need arises.


         Act in Time


Once you’ve seen the hazard and you understand the defense against it: ACT!

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