Defensive Driving in Michigan
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Defensive driving is a method of driving that minimizes the number of driving risks, using more advanced skills than just your basic training. When you employ defensive driving techniques, you become a better, safer, and smarter driver―one who is better prepared for the hazards ahead.
Visit the AARP website to find a course near you.
Some of the techniques you'll learn include:
- Keeping your distance from other vehicles.
- Keeping your focus―don't let yourself be distracted by cell phones, radios, electronic equipment, or other passengers.
- Slowing your speed when weather or road conditions are hazardous.
- Using headlights and windshield wipers as needed.
- Scanning the road 12 seconds ahead to stay alert for any hazards.
- Continually communicating your intentions with other drivers.
- Approaching and drive cautiously through intersections.
- Expecting the worst in other drivers.
Be sure to check out DMV.org's special section, Michigan Traffic Schools, to learn more about improving your driving skills―and possibly saving some money.
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