The Definition of Defensive Driving is: Driving in such a manner as to prevent a crash, in spite of the incorrect actions of other road users and adverse weather conditions!
Unfortunately, more people than not, do not get this. So often we hear people rant about how "it was MY right of way" after they have been involved in a crash. They fail to realize that a "right of way" must be given it can not be taken. And let's not forget, that none of us are perfect, we will all make mistakes from time to time. At All Class, we teach our students to take personal responsibility for their part on the road. To recognise that they lack experience and to understand experience is something that can only come with accumulated hours behind the wheel. It can't be bought or taught or given. The best way to ensure your safety while gaining that experience is to develop a strong sense of hazard perception. Typically, people think hazards are something that is moving. Not so. A hazard is anything that could cross your path, yes, but that's not all. A hazard is anything that is limiting your visibility as well. As mentioned in the definition above, the weather can be a hazard. A drinking or angry driver is a hazard. It is up to us to watch for the actions and subtle movements of the other vehicles on the road in order to protect ourselves from these things instead of driving around obliviously and then crying victim when affected by them.