Oct 252017

  22 Responses to “The Art of Defensive Driving”

  1. I am surprised that you have not mentioned the “Tailgating Regulations”.

  2. As an member of the IAM, I notice other road users actions particularly indicating, entering and exiting roundabouts, bad positioning, is usually the big problem.

    • This seems to be more prevalent now! It used to be the odd driver (or taxi!) that didn’t indicate, now it seems to be every other car!

  3. Excellent common sense. If only the message could be advertised online to all drivers not just warranty direct customers.

  4. Many years ago, when I learnt to drive, my instructor told that ALL accidents are mchanical. They’re all caused by the nut that holds the wheel

  5. Essex Police always used to advocate a space or distance of one car length for every 10mph of speed and I have borne this in mind in sixty years of driving. Tailgaters – learn this or the 2second rule!

  6. If you’re involved in an accident, don’t blame the other driver as you are equally responsible by not anticipating the actions of others.

    • Certainly agree with that, but it is getting more difficult to predict the lunatic manoeuvres of some drivers.
      Tonight on my long trek from Penrith to Portishead along the M5/M6 I witnessed the usual litany of dubious driving, tail gating, excessive speed, inappropriate use of rear foglights, all of which can be anticipated by the watchful driver.
      But as on many occasions over the last few months antics like overtaking up the hard shoulder, when you have 3 lanes of traffic all doing 60 say and then along comes someone doing 80 plus weaving in and out of the lanes of traffic causing others to brake hard to avoid being hit, have become all to common in my experience. Leaving sufficient gap between you and the car in front helps but also of course encourages the driver weaving in and out of the lanes. Anticipating those sort of actions is likely to lead to complete paranoia in the end!!!

  7. I need a road map to negotiate several of the large roundabouts which have recently been built. It is a major problem to read all the signs in time.

  8. I have been driving for over 50years, taught by my father, his famous words of wisdom is applicable now as always TEAT EVERYONE ON THE ROAD AS AN IDIOT! YOU ARE THE ONLY SENSIBLE ONE OUT THERE,,,, WORKS FOR ME

  9. Someone mentioned common sense. Unfortunately common sense isn’t very common.

  10. I taught defensive driving back in the late 60’s. Later I used to video someone’s journey from home to work from the back seat. Then play the video back at a later date to show where that person was good and where they needed to improve. Needless to say ‘the video never lied……’
    When I first started to drive my brother told me to treat every other road user as a complete idiot. This has saved me countless times.

  11. People just don’t give way to other users from the right, it certainly helps if people indicate on and off roundabouts, highway planners certainly want to look at what they have done. The one in Saltash. Cornwall is a accident waiting to happen.

  12. The 2 second rule and ‘always expect the unexpected’ are what I drive by and have taught my family to do too. They keep us prepared even though we cannot be perfect.

  13. The rule of thumb I have learnt to use is an acronym called C O A S T which means Concentrate, Observation, Anticipation, Speed and Time. A useful lesson on the roads of today that much of what has been written above rings true.

  14. I have passed both the IAM and ROSPA (silver) advanced driving courses.

    Why do so many drivers only indicate they are taking a slip road or turning off a main road at the point they actually change direction. You are meant to signal your intentions beforehand.

    Also on the motorway, why do some drivers overtake you in order to cut across one or even two lanes to take a slip road. More sensible to move to lane one and stay behind. .

    And my last gripe. White lines and markings are well covered in the Highway Code. But in many towns much of the white paint is disappearing.

  15. All of the features listed in your ‘Defensive Driving’ are part of the IAM syllabus which I heartily recommend as means of safer, more efficient and enjoyable driving.

  16. As an IAM observer, I must be aware of all items listed and more.
    Paul Heasmer

  17. Can driverless vehicles practice defensive driving? If the traffic light is green, will the driverless vehicle avoid someone jumping the lights? Can the driverless car monitor the feet of a child running between parked vehicles and take avoiding action (personal experience).

    Do regulations have higher expectations from driven vehicle drivers than from automatic vehicles? A slow moving lorry hit the first automatic shuttle a few days ago and the driver booked. I wonder if the shuttle had had a driver it may have anticipated the path of the lorry?

  18. When drivers join a motorway from a slip road,they signal(mostly),and then hurl their car onto the motorway,regardless of traffic on the motorway,forcing drivers in the inside lane to move over.
    The correct way is to signal,then adjust your speed to join traffic on the motorway,without causing traffic on the motorway to move over.In other words,give way to traffic on the motorway,the traffic already on the motorway does not give way to traffic joining it.

  19. Many cars seem to have trafficator switches on the steering wheel. They don’t indicate until the wheel is turned.

  20. If all drivers obeyed the “Simple Rule” that was given to me 56 years ago by my driving instructor, most accidents would just not happen.
    Simple Rule: Do not execute any manoeuvre that requires another vehicle to change either speed or direction.
    Pet annoyances: (1) Drivers that use their indicators on motorways, other than when entering or leaving. Unfortunately many drivers think that indicating gives them the right to disobey the Simple Rule.
    (2) Drivers that use their right hand indicator on roundabouts. (You can only turn left off roundabouts in the UK.) Most drivers that do indicate right and many that do not, either fail to indicate left, or leave their right hand indicator going whilst turning left to leave the roundabout, thereby causing other drivers to either wait unnecessarily or risk breaking the Simple Rule.
    (3) Drivers that sit at traffic lights after dark, with their foot on the break pedal. This blinds the driver behind. Rude and inconsiderate. Manufacturers note: configure break lights to dim when the vehicle is stationary after dark.
    There are others, but just addressing the above would make driving today less of a nerve-racking hassle, even if it is unlikely that it will be a pleasure ever again.

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