Should I do a defensive driving course as a P plater?
In a nutshell, the answer is yes, you should do a defensive driving course.
Defensive driving is driving in a way which minimises the risk of you being involved in a dangerous situation while behind the steering wheel. It goes beyond the core training when first gaining your drivers licence and makes you a more competent and safe driver.
When you take your drivers licence test at VicRoads you are required to demonstrate that you can handle a motor vehicle as well as understand and follow the road rules. Defensive driving adds a higher layer of ability which helps you identify early what can happen on the road and how to recognise emerging situations and avoid the risk of being involved in an accident.
A defensive driving course teaches you how to see the potential of everything around you to reduce the risk of having a collision which can result in vehicle damage and personal injury.
The course instructor will show you the defensive way to see the busy road and you will learn how to apply a new understanding of the potential for everyday dangers, many of which can be hidden until something happens. Everybody is different with different driving styles, and different driving habits. By learning how to view the road in front of you defensively, you can protect yourself and your vehicle, as well as increase the safety of others.
The instructor will also explain the factors of speed and braking and how they relate to each other, as well as how adverse weather, different road surfaces and vehicle condition/age can affect driving.
Further upsides to undertaking a defensive driving course are that your insurance rating improve over time, you can better avoid paying for costly vehicle repairs and you will gain more driving confidence. You’ll get on the road each time knowing how to observe, identify problems and avoid risks by understanding and minimising the chances of being involved an accident.
Another aspect is that your vehicle’s fuel economy will improve as your driving behaviour becomes positively affected by what you learn through this course.
If you have been ordered by a Magistrate to undertake a defensive driving course and/or have a suspended driving licence, our course can help as it meets the requirements of the Criminal Justice Diversion Program.
Our defensive driving course is also a great way to freshen and improve your driving skills by taking a new approach to how you drive in today’s world.
The course is also ideal for corporate and fleet drivers. Increase the ability, confidence and safety of your company drivers by having them undertake our Defensive Driving Course. It will reduce your risks and potential insurance bills, and help with running/fuel costs and ongoing vehicle repairs.
Whatever your situation, you will walk away feeling like you know much more about driving and how to better handle a motor vehicle on the road.
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