What the difference between driving behaviour?
For many years, the phrase “defensive driving” was associated to the best way to drive on public roads. Defensive driving was a term which defines a series of common sense driving techniques that can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by anticipating actions of other road users. It pretty much still means the same thing.
If you were told you were “offensive” it was never perceived to be a compliment. But times have changed. In many ways, it could be a good thing to be an “offensive driver”. However, you should know it’s not the same as being an aggressive driver.
Defensive driving is a set of driving skills that allows you to defend yourself against possible collisions caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather. If you look ahead and keep your eyes moving, you will spot potential hazards more easily. Once you have identified a potential hazard and decided what to do, act immediately.
Is Defensive driving always good?
Generally speaking, to be a defensive driver means to look out for the other driver, cyclist, and pedesterian – the other road user. When they do something that affects your progress, you respond to them by slowing, honking, changing lanes, or by stopping. Defensive driving as thought by many was to drive slowly and to brake when something unexpected happens. That doesn’t always work. There are times where you really need to make the first move. I was recently speaking with a colleague about the difference between defensive versus offensive. In short; offensive driving is putting your vehicle is a safe place after anticipating possible problems to your vehicle. It’s you making the first move.
Offensive Driving May be the New Recommendation
The word “offensive” brings to mind someone speeding in and out of traffic, cutting people off and generally driving recklessly. In this case, however, that is not at all what people are discussion. Offensive driving is a manner of driving that is proactive rather than reactive. Think about it.
Offensive driving in the past was perceived as forcing vehicles around you to respond to you. Offensive driving has changed, or at least should change. You have the power to change it. Being an offensive-defensive driver is the new trend. Think of offensive driving as proactive driving. It’s not about always slowing and being passive any longer. It’s also about accelerating and taking the first actions to avoid a crash or possible risky situation.
Don’t be an Aggressive Driver
At any moment, someone may not use a turn signal, stop or slow down unexpectedly, merge or change lanes inappropriately, or make other careless decisions that put themselves and other drivers at risk. A defensive driver is ready to react calmly and effectively to another driver’s reckless mistake, and take whatever step he or she needs to keep the road safe. On the other hand, an aggressive driver is a hazard to everyone on the road. An aggressive driver is one who is not considerate of other people’s well-being. They want to get where they are going, and that’s their top priority. Aggressive drivers make selfish and reckless decisions that caused accidents. They may yell at other drivers, lay on their horn, speed, tailgate, cut people off, and otherwise drive unsafely. Aggressive drivers are volatile and often distracted by their own road rage. They don’t care enough about other people on the road to consistently practice safe driving habits.
By definition, aggressive driving is ‘committing unprovoked attacks on other drivers’, attacks such as not yielding to vehicles wishing to pass. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has implemented the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which identifies actions that would fall under the category of aggressive driving