Defensive driving is a specialized form of driving that focuses on maximizing safety by using various safe driving techniques that give motorists advance time to identify and address hazards on the road. The purpose of defensive driving is to avoid collisions with other cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
While everyone in the state of Kansas is required to pass a driving test and written exam in order to obtain a driver’s license, it is fairly easy to pass these exams. In addition, many individuals cram a lot of information about traffic laws and safety into their brains in order to pass the written exam without retaining anything long term. Finally, Kansas only requires drivers to pass both exams once when they first apply for a driver’s license. There is no requirement for continuing education or courses nor periodic retesting. Many people on the road are simply unaware of certain traffic laws while other drivers are careless or even reckless when behind the wheel.
There were a total of 58,472 reported car accidents in 2013 that involved over 132,200 people. 13,106 of these involved serious injuries, and 327 were fatal. That means 1.94 accidents occurred for every one million miles driven by vehicles throughout Kansas. Over 50% of vehicles involved in accidents were cars. Likewise, the vast majority of victims were car occupants, though pickup truck and SUV occupants were close behind. The Kansas Department of Transportation estimates that 4 out of 5 crashes are caused by driver issues, such as failing to give full attention to the road, failing to yield right of way, speeding, and following too closely.
There are a variety of different ways to learn defensive driving in Kansas. Many organizations offer classes that teach students how to anticipate different dangerous situations that may require quick thinking and reflexes. Some of these courses involve discussion and hypotheticals, while others involve simulations and practice. The simulations replicate real-world situations, including bad weather, traffic, sharp turns, and poor lighting conditions. In addition, defensive driving courses give students a refresher on Kansas state traffic laws.
While defensive driving classes may sound incredibly boring, they can be life-saving. For instance, did you know that when parking on a hill facing downward, you turn your wheels toward the right shoulder, but when parking on a hill facing upward, you turn your wheels toward the left shoulder? Or that when your car hydroplanes during one of Kansas’s famous summer thunderstorms, you should never slam on your brakes? Defensive driving courses will provide you with a wealth of knowledge regarding unsafe road conditions, as well as how to react when other drivers on the road are careless or negligent.
In addition, defensive driving courses are usually fairly short and can be completed in one day. The Kansas DMV often gives credit for defensive driving courses by reducing points on your license or reducing a fine for a moving violation, and many insurance companies will agree to not raise your rates after a ticket or accident if you provide proof that you completed a course.
Defensive driving courses usually focus on:
- Anatomy of a car accident
- How to prevent or anticipate a collision
- How to deal with road rage, exhaustion or stress
- The effects of intoxication on driving
- Available safety equipment in a car
- Kansas traffic laws
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