# Go Ahead; Get Defensive Disclaimer: These safety materials, resources and PowerPoint ® presentations are not intended to replace your company's health.

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Go Ahead; Get Defensive Disclaimer: These safety materials, resources and PowerPoint ® presentations are not intended to replace your company's health and safety policies or to substitute for specific state and federal standards. We do not guarantee the absolute accuracy of the material contained within these resources. Please refer to applicable state and federal standards for regulatory compliance. Note to trainer: This presentation includes speaker’s notes.

Agenda  Traffic accident statistics  Factors we cannot control  Defensive driving tips  Aggressive driving

Traffic Accidents by the Numbers  Account for 31% of fatalities  39% are single-car accidents  21% head-on collisions Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Traffic Accidents by the Numbers  17% striking stationary object  9% at intersections  8% with car moving same direction National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Defensive Driving Habits  Keep it legal  Get in the right frame of mind  Set the bar high  Be nice  Recognize the risks

Things You Can’t Control  Weather  Road conditions  Vehicle failures

Things You Can’t Control  Animals  Night driving  Other drivers

Things You Can Control  Attitude  Focus  Maintenance

Things You Can Control  Inspections  Distractions  Speed

Speed Kills Risk of death doubles for every 10 miles per hour over 50 SpeedRisk of death 60 mph2x higher 70 mph4x higher 80 mph8x higher

Takes a car almost 346 ft. Takes a truck almost 477 ft. Stopping at 55 mph

 Perception distance +  Reaction distance +  Braking distance =  Total stopping distance Stopping Distance

The Basics  Enter curves slowly  Slow down before ramps  Pick the right lane  Use your signals  Don’t overload vehicle

The Basics  Buckle up  Avoid distractions  Get plenty of rest  Don’t assume

3 Steps to Preventing Collisions 1.Scan  Look for hazards 2.Prepare  Go through the “What if’s” 3.Act  Don’t rely on the other driver

Aggressive Driving Red Flags  Speeding  Tailgating  Frequent, sudden lane changes  Failure to yield right-of-way  Disregard for traffic signals

Sharing the Road With an Aggressive Driver?  Take the high road  Make it personal  Practice safe following distance rules

Are You Getting Aggressive?  Leave earlier  Manage your mood  Eliminate stress  Be aware of high-risk areas

Challenge Yourself So, Go Ahead and Get Defensive… What steps can you take to improve your defensive driving technique?

Recap  Slow down  Buckle up  Avoid distractions

Recap  Leave early  Get plenty of rest  Stay in control around aggressive drivers

Resources  National Safety Council Aggressive Driving Policy National Safety Council Aggressive Driving Policy  United States Road Symbol Signs United States Road Symbol Signs  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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