Protective driving courses can not only save you money on your car insurance, but if the situation were to arise, can literally save your life.
Why Low risk Driving Courses?
Whether you work as a cab driver, a chauffeur, or are just your own vehicle, a protective driving course may be at the forefront of your mind. The main goal of low risk driving should be to minimize the amount of danger the person driving a vehicle will receive. Let’s take a closer look at the building blocks of a protective driving course.
Most have heard of a defensive driving course. Understand that when it comes to protective courses, defensive driving is but one layer of the overall protective cake. In defensive driving, the goals are simple. They are usually to train a driver to operate a vehicle’s three controls. Namely the:
And operate all three with the precision needed to literally drive out of an emergency situation.
The Living Room Couch Syndrome
Defensive driving itself grew out of the living room couch syndrome, a situation where many drivers become complacent while driving. In other words, driving as if they were sitting in their living room. As you can imagine, with all of the unknown variables of driving, this kind of thinking can easily lead to danger.
Many government studies show that an average driver only uses about 30 percent of a vehicle’s evasive capability. The goal, therefore, of a defensive driving course, is to get the driver to use 80 percent to 90 percent of the vehicle’s evasive capacity. This is usually accomplished through a hybrid mix of classroom theory and practical driving exercises.
Government studies further indicate that 89% of all are caused by driver error. Defensive driving exercises are designed to show levels of:
Concentration needed to maneuver in an evasive manner
Precision needed to successfully evade danger
Awareness needed to escape danger