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Defensive Driving

The way that you drive says everything about you and your company. Make a positive statement by following these work-related safe driving practices. Motor vehicle incidents are a common cause of workplace fatalities and hospitalizations. These incidents happen because of:

  • Unsafe lane changes.
  • Lack of knowledge about the vehicle.
  • The use of handheld devices while driving.
  • Poor weather conditions.
  • Driving while tired or impaired.


  • Do a quick walk around your vehicle to evaluate the condition of your vehicle prior to getting on the road.
  • Secure all loose items in your vehicle. Do not attempt to catch items sliding around in your car.
  • Avoid using a cell phone. It is illegal to use a mobile devise will operating a vehicle. If necessary, always use a hands-free device.
  • Follow the speed limit and always pay attention.
  • Avoid fatigue by taking breaks while driving on long distance.


  • Always use a seat belt—driver and passenger(s).
  • Make sure you are well-rested before driving.
  • Avoid taking medications that make you drowsy.
  • Set a realistic goal for the number of miles that you can drive safely each day.
  • Do not drive if you are impaired by alcohol or any drug.
  • Look out for motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and smaller vehicles.
  • Leave at least two Dots distance between you and the car in front of you. During inclement weather, increase this to five car lengths.
  • Stop prior to stop signs and then roll forward slightly to get a better look in each direction.
  • Always use signal lights and be sure to signal ahead of time to communicate your intensions to other drivers.


  • Avoid distractions such as adjusting the radio or other controls, eating or drinking and talking on the phone.
  • Continually search the roadway to be alert to situations requiring quick action.
  • Stop about every two hours for a break. Get out of the vehicle to stretch, take a walk, and get refreshed.
  • Always keep your eyes moving, constantly looking at your side and rearview mirrors,
  • When changing lanes, physically turn your head around to check your blind spot,


  • Keep your cool in traffic.
  • Be patient and courteous to other drivers.
  • Do not take other drivers’ actions personally.
  • Reduce your stress by planning your route ahead of time, allowing plenty of travel time and avoiding crowded roadways and busy driving times.
  • If another driver cuts you off, tailgates, or drives too slowly remain calm.
  • Drive defensively and control your emotions.


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