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
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.
preventable car crash happens every few minutes…
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.
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
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.
know Facts About Teenage Driving and how new young drivers could face higher
teenage years can be a time of increased risk-taking and trying new things - such
as experimenting with alcohol and drugs.
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
people more often drive at times of greater crash risk such as weekend nights.
drivers are inexperienced, have not fully developed their driving skills and are
at higher risk of crashing.
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.
pressure can lead to disastrous consequences.
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
defensive driving techniques are new, contemporary and suggested/recognized by
Canada Safety Council:
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.
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.
Once you’ve seen the hazard and you understand the
defense against it: ACT!