Defensive driving skills are impacted by a variety of factors, most under a driver, control. Pre-trip inspections are the first step because these inspections ensure all systems are working properly in a vehicle. Lights, brakes, and signals, among other things, must be functioning as they should. More than a quarter of all work-related fatalities occur in occupations that require driving, or the transportation of goods, making the need for defensive driving skills clear. In order to avoid injury, or worse, death, drivers need to understand what defensive driving really means and what unique challenges a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver faces... even for veteran drivers.
After completing this course, learners should understand:
- Why seeing and being seen is the most important aspect of defensive driving
- Steps to take to help ensure safe driving
- Scanning locations when driving
- How attitude plays a role in defensive driving