Defensive Driving Course Essay

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Unit 1 • In New York, 1,317 people died in traffic crashes last year. • In New York, 194,255 people were injured. • Each year, approximately 40,000 people die in traffic crashes in the U.S. • NHTSA estimated that approximately 2.3 million people were injured in traffic crashes in the United States last year. • Each year, the total cost of traffic crashes is in the billions of dollars. • The average driver is involved in most collisions. • Each driver has three Attitude States: Parent, Child, and Adult. • Our Attitude States control our behavior behind the wheel. • Effective driving behavior comes from the Adult Attitude State. • Fatigue can cause the same types of driving behaviors as drinking or using drugs. • A higher percentage of young drivers die in traffic crashes than drivers in other age groups. • Approximately 66 percent of all traffic fatalities each year are caused by aggressive driving behaviors. • "Road rage" can be defined as the use of one's vehicle to express anger by attempting to harm or endanger others. • Aggressive drivers operate from either the Child Attitude State or the Parent Attitude State. • Examples of reckless driving include weaving through traffic, speeding, and ignoring traffic control devices in a manner that shows a total lack of concern for the safety of others. • Traffic laws do not give the right of way to any driver, but only state when a driver must yield the right of way. Unite 2 • The four parts of the IPDE strategy are: • Identify potential hazards by conducting a 12-second search. • Predict the worst about how a hazard could affect your driving. • Decide on the best course of action to deal with the hazard. • Execute that course of action in a safe and timely manner. • Critical objects you should scan for include roadway conditions, traffic control devices, and other traffic. • The majority of

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