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Article: Defensive Driving: Script
Defensive Driving: Script
Agsafe, Coalition for Health and Safety in Agriculture
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The following safety module is intended to be used as a refresher safety awareness session and is in no way to be used as a substitute for job training nor proper equipment use.
Defensive driving means that you not only pay attention to your driving, but to the other person on the road, too. A defensive driver is prepared for the unexpected during bad weather, night hours and heavy traffic, as well as in light traffic.
The safety modules may be used by anyone with the understanding that credit be given to AgSafe.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING DON'T DRIVE
Drinking alcoholic beverages diminishes your brain's ability to make accurate judgments. So, if you have been drinking, either designate a driver who hasn't been drinking or call a cab or friend to drive you. Each year, 23,000 people are killed due to drunk drivers, and almost twice that number are injured. You can avoid becoming a statistic by not taking chances. (See
MAINTAIN YOUR CAR IN GOOD CONDITION
The first action you can take as a defensive driver is to make sure your car is in good running condition. Each time you have oil changes, tune-ups or other type of work on your car, record the date in a notebook and keep the car's maintenance on a regular schedule. (See
DO WHAT YOU CAN TO AVOID COLLISIONS
By driving the legal speed limit and by keeping one car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling (e.g., four car lengths at forty miles per hour), you can help minimize the risk of a collision. To avoid being hit head-on, look ahead for potential problems and slow down or get off the road in advance if you suspect a problem ahead. To avoid being hit from the rear, use your turn indicator and slow down gradually. Tap your brake lights a couple of times to warn the driver behind you that you are reducing your speed. (See
BE CAUTIOUS AT INTERSECTIONS
Over 2/3 of all traffic injuries occur at intersections, so be prepared when you approach one. Always use your turn signal if you plan to make a turn, and assume the other drivers don't see your signal. Proceed cautiously. Don't assume other drivers will give you the right-of-way. (See
DON'T DRIVE IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION OR ARE TIRED
Many cold remedies cause drowsiness. Driving when you are tired increases the potential for injuries. If you are tired, do not drive. Pull off the road at a safety rest area and sleep until you are rested and alert enough to continue. (See
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT
Over and over, seat belts have proven to save lives. You can increase your chance for survival in an accident if you get into the habit of wearing your seat belt. There are those who think that a seat belt will "trap" them in the vehicle in case of an accident, but many people survive the initial impact and are able to escape, while those who have elected not to wear their seat belts have died from being thrown from the car. If you have a lap belt and a shoulder belt, it's highly recommended that you wear both. (See
KEEP INFANTS AND TODDLERS IN CAR SEATS
By law, children under four years old must be belted into specially designed car seats (see
YIELD AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE
A defensive driver will yield as often as possible to other drivers who are determined to go first. If you approach an intersection at the same time as another vehicle, allow the other driver to proceed first unless he or she signals to you otherwise. (See
USE YOUR HAND SIGNALS WHEN DRIVING IN THE FIELD
Working around large machinery is often noisy, so every agricultural driver should know the proper use of hand signals. (See
Source: National Ag Safety Database
Cache Date: December 16, 2004