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Defensive Driving

What’s the most important factor to consider when driving? Visibility? Engine performance? No—it’s other drivers. In this video, NASCAR sensation David Reutimann focuses on defensive driving, the cornerstone of safe vehicle operation. Underscoring the danger of making assumptions when behind the wheel, the program stresses preparing for the worst possible events and circumstances, and illustrates three solid principles of defensive driving: give yourself space, anticipate, and know your options. Issues concerning drunk driving, tailgating, finding escape routes out of dangerous situations, and proper behavior at the scene of an accident are also covered. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. Correlates to National Health Education Standards: Achieving Health Literacy; Joint Committee for National School Health Education and the American Cancer Society; and National Educational Technology Standards. A Meridian Production. (21 minutes)

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Definition of Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is being aware of everything happening around you, taking responsibility for your actions, giving yourself space, anticipating what may happen, and knowing your options.