Here at RoSPA, we often get asked “what is defensive driving?” as it’s a well-used phrase within driver training, but not always well understood.
Defensive driving is a particular style of road driving that utilises a variety of techniques and tactics to keep you and everybody else safe on the road.
By attending a defensive driving course, you will learn how to minimise the risk of being involved in an accident. Your organisation will also save money as you will reduce your fuel consumption and put less strain on your vehicle.
What does a good defensive driver do?
All drivers can be unpredictable on the road, so by attending a defensive driving course and being a good defensive driver you will reduce the chance of other peoples’ mistakes affecting you and your vehicle.
Why is defensive driving important?
In 2019, there were 1,752 people killed on the roads in Britain and 25,945 people seriously injured. Within the same year there was a total of 153,158 casualties of all severities in road traffic crashes.
On average, five people who are alive today in Great Britain will be dead tomorrow because of a road collision.
Defensive driving allows you to keep yourself and everybody else safe on the road, allowing us all to return home to our families.
When should I do a defensive driving course?
You can do a defensive driving course at any time. It’s vital that your organisation keeps employees safe and does everything possible to ensure this, therefore it’s best practice to establish a proactive approach to safety.
- Managing the space around your vehicle
- Managing your speed
- Maintaining awareness of other road users
- Information gathering
- Effective use of your mirrors
- Using good communication, including signals
- Expecting the unexpected
- Staying alert and aware
- Abiding by traffic rules and laws.
How to I become a defensive driver?
Here at RoSPA, we provide drivers with a qualification in defensive driving. To find out more about this course, please see below:
RoSPA Level 2 Award in Driver Defensive Development
The perfect way to ensure your drivers undergo continuous professional development by receiving a qualification in defensive driving.