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Find Crash Prevention Techniques With A Driver Safety Course

The statistics are very disturbing. Estimates are that your chances of being involved in a car crash are one in four. That means one out of every four people will be involved in a car crash at least once in their lifetime. Many of us, unfortunately, will be involved in more than one crash. Your chances of being killed in a car crash are one in one hundred. Fortunately you can take steps to reduce those odds.

One important thing to remember is that there is rarely any such thing as a traffic "accident". Accidents are something over which we have no control. Being struck by lightning or losing your home in a flash flood are accidents. When you put a human behind the wheel of a car, you don't have accidents. What you have are poor driving decisions that lead to a collision. Taking risky chances, speeding, running a red light, or just allowing yourself to be distracted from the important task of paying full attention to the road ahead are not accidents; they are conscious decisions made by drivers every day and, on average, approximately 40,000 vehicle occupants are killed and 3,000,000 are injured each year as a result. Another problem lies in the fact that as technology improves to make cars safer and roads are improved, it seems that drivers feel it is safer to drive even faster and to take more chances.

We face a lot of frustrations as drivers. Traffic grows heavier and heavier and time seems to grow shorter. As a result, over time, we tend to develop bad driving habits and take more chances. You may not even be fully aware of the bad habits that you have developed but those bad habits could be leading to a collision. Ask yourself these questions:

  • When the light turns yellow do I stomp on the gas to try to beat the red light?

  • Do I tailgate?

  • Do I regularly drive over the speed limit?

  • Do I carry on cell phone conversations while driving?

  • Do I text while driving?

  • Do I weave in and out of lanes to try to get ahead?

  • Am I well rested before I start to drive?

  • Do I get angry at the traffic situation or at other drivers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be headed for a collision; you may even be an aggressive driver. It may be time for you to look at methods to evaluate your driving behavior and to get the tools you need to learn how to avoid a crash and save money.

Defensive Driving Course

The best method to learn these crash avoidance methods is to enroll in a defensive driving course. These schools look at a variety of issues surrounding the modern driving environment. Just as in any other processes that we do, whether it be work related or something as simple as cooking a meal, we can all benefit from refresher training from time to time. This course can be taken on-line, at work or at home, and at your leisure in a way that fits your busy schedule. A defensive driving school, among other things, will provide you with information on:

  • Crash statistics and the physics of motor vehicle crashes

  • Crash prevention techniques

  • Occupant protection devices (such as seat belts and airbags)

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol

  • How to share the road with large trucks, motorcyclists and pedestrians

  • Dealing with stress and drowsiness while driving

  • Hazards of speeding

  • Traffic laws

Benefits of the course

  • Individuals, who haven't received a traffic ticket and take the course voluntarily, may be eligible for an insurance discount that can save a significant amount of money over time.

  • Businesses, whose employees drive as a part of their work, can also benefit with lower insurance rates and a safer work environment if they provide the course to their workforce.

  • Individuals who take the course and use the tools provided can significantly reduce their chances of getting a traffic ticket or being involved in a crash.

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