Some skills, such as painting or athletic prowess in a sport, are valuable but don’t determine your physical safety day-to-day. Your driving preparedness is quite different—your risk-management skills behind the wheel may determine whether you’re injured in a collision or able to walk away unscathed. If you want to strengthen your driving or your child’s, defensive driving classes are a logical option for increasing your knowledge and preparing your response to danger. If you want to learn about its specific benefits, read our guide to what’s included in a basic defensive driving course.
To avoid a crash, you need to understand how, how often, and why they happen. When discussing how they happen, an instructor will detail the three different kinds of collisions that occur when your car strikes a car or an obstacle. These collisions are vehicular, bodily, and internal. The vehicular type involves what you think of when you consider a crash—the car colliding with another vehicle, light pole, or another structure. The bodily collision occurs because your body is still in motion and “tries” to travel in the direction the car was moving. The final collision is between your body and your internal organs, which also remain in motion when the car stops. Your teacher will illustrate how the bodily and internal collisions cause bodily harm, such as whiplash, head injuries, and bruising or laceration around the midsection and talk about your body’s protective response when you sustain an injury.
Instructors also go into crash statistics to raise awareness of certain driving dangers. Students will hear about the connection between alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, and distraction and driving fatalities. They will also learn how to prevent endangering themselves when these and other variables are present. For example, they’ll learn how to rest to recover from fatigue, how to understand their own intoxication, and how to avoid looking at their phone while driving. They’ll also learn to look for warning signs of others’ impaired driving and how to avoid unsafe drivers.
When presenting why collisions occur, a defensive driving course is particularly useful because instructors and students can navigate hypothetical driving scenarios rather than communicating broadly. Especially for a young person without experience in a compromised driving situation, these applied lessons are invaluable. There are many prevention techniques included in a defensive driving course along with these hypotheticals, including scanning, increasing following distance, sharing the road, safe passing, obeying right of way, and more.
If you see the benefit of growing your defensive driving skill, consider enrolling yourself or your teenage driver in Driving Arizona’s Phoenix Defensive Driving School. Our experienced teachers will help you navigate challenging driving situations and give you hands-on practice behind the wheel that ups your general driving confidence.
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