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Defensive Driving in Wyoming
Defensive driving is a method that minimizes the number of driving risks, using more advanced skills than just 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.
Traffic schools are a great source for learning defensive driving. Be sure to check out DMV.org's traffic school page for more information―you may even save some money!
We at DMV.org have composed a list of some basic techniques used in defensive driving, and hope you will incorporate them into your regular driving routine:
- Always be aware of the space around you, so you'll know an escape route if you need one.
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Scan the path ahead of you at least 12-15 seconds, looking in all directions.
- Exercise increased caution anytime you have a limited field of vision, such as when approaching the top of a hill.
- Be aware of school buses, ice-cream trucks, mail trucks, and delivery trucks. Each represents an increased likelihood that someone may be leaving or entering a vehicle.
- Be especially vigilant in construction zones and around emergency scenes, as other drivers may not be properly focused on their driving.
- Look in every direction before crossing an intersection, even when you have the right-of-way.
- Expect the unexpected, and the worst, from other drivers.
- Exercise increased caution in areas such as shopping centers, school zones, toll plazas, playgrounds, and intersections.
- Reduce speed when weather or road conditions warrant, such as rain, snow, fog, or icy roads.
- Be especially careful around parked cars, as someone could dart out from between them. Also, drivers may be opening a car door, or trying to pull out of a parking space, right into your line of travel.
- Exercise increased caution when driving on roads that are very wet or slushy as other motorists could splash your windshield, leaving you unable to see for an instant.
- Look out for drivers backing up into the road from a driveway or parking lot, as these drivers may have a limited field of vision.
- Watch out for slippery conditions during the first several minutes after it begins to rain, as the rain will mix with the oily residue on the road surface.
- Try to keep your vehicle as visible as possible to other drivers, and whenever you can, stay out of other driver's blind spots.
- Stay well behind trucks with cargo that could easily spill onto the road. These vehicles could send debris flying into your path of travel, or those around you.
- Give a vehicle with accumulation of snow of its roof extra distance, as this situation can create instant white-out conditions for anyone stuck driving behind it.
By practicing these techniques, you'll greatly increase the chances that you'll make it to and from your destination safely.