Fleets are driving longer hours and more miles than ever before. And they’re doing it in heavier traffic with more regulations. Worse, more and more of the drivers around them are on their smartphones, driving aggressively, or totally fail to drive in a predictable or safe manner. Defensive driving means being safe in spite of the conditions and actions around you.
And while the concept of “Defensive Driving” has been around for 50 years, the change on our highways called for an update to apply it to modern roads, trucks and drivers. This re-evaluation over the past 10 years has led us to develop the PRO-DEFENSE system of defensive driving.
Managers and leaders are always looking for the next edge:
- How can we get better and what is the next silver bullet to fix everything?
- How do I measure success, what are the key performance indicators?
- How do we go a million miles without an incident?
With defensive driving, you need to shift your thinking to just the next mile: how do I drive the next mile safer?
DDistractions — Cell phones are a problem, but far from the only distraction. Distractions play a role in one-in-four motor vehicle crashes. What are the hidden distractions for drivers, and how can we counter them as individuals and as a company.
Course Name: Driver Distractions
EEffective Communication — A two-way process between you and other road users. Learn how to drive predictably, communicate your intentions, and read the subtle intentions of others.
Course Name: Communication Enhanced
FFatigue Management — Fatigued drivers have slower responses and are more likely to be distracted and quick-to-anger. Learn how to manage your driving and non-driving hours to avoid fatigue.
Course Name: Fatigue Managment
EEvaluating Space — Learn how to take charge of the space around you. Drivers must be responsible for what happens the space on either side of the vehicle, in front and back, as well as top and bottom.
Course Name: Space Management
NNavigating Hazards — Hazard awareness means being aware of your surroundings, especially as you move from freeway to city street and to parking lot or loading dock.
Course Name: Hazard Awareness
SSpeed Management — Speed is the leading cause of crashes. Not speeding is not a skill, but rather an attitude. Learn how to adopt an attitude that lets you drive the appropriate speeds for both conditions and environment.
Course Name: Speed Management
EEssential Planning — Plan your day and driving route for maximum safety — it's more than just avoiding left turns. Every action that you make in your vehicle should be planned.
Course Name: Trip Planning
PRO-DEFENSE: A Modern Approach to Defensive Driving Training
The Fundamentals of Defensive Driving
These are the fundamentals to PRO-DEFENSE. Being able to incorporate them into your driving habits will mean that you are effectively driving defensively.
When we built out PRO-DEFENSE, we were drawn to the story of the tortoise and hare. With defensive driving, it’s about going slow and steady that wins the race. Rushing and taking short cuts will eventually cost you time and money as the inevitable accidents happen. Have you ever seen a fleet celebrate a driver for arriving 20 minutes early? But you see bonuses for a year of driving incident-free all the time.
Following the PRO-DEFENSE driving program will mean that you complete that journey safely, accident-free, every time.