Expect The Unexpected At All Times

Jim Luff
Posted on January 21, 2015
One of the best defensive driving techniques is to EXPECT the unexpected to occur. Some examples of this include cruising in the HOV lane (car pool) and having a vehicle enter directly into your path either crossing the solid lines or entering at an opening without looking before merging. Never assume you are safe simply because of a double solid line.


When traveling through an intersection, expect a drunk driver is going to run the light and broadside you. If you are looking for this driver, you may be able to avoid a tragedy. Do not assume because you have a green light that the intersection will be clear.

When you are traveling at high speed and there is a vehicle in front of you on the highway, expect that he may slam on his brakes for no apparent reason. What will your reaction be? Are you going to swerve left or swerve right? If you swerve left, will you be facing opposing traffic? Have a plan for the unexpected movement of all drivers around you.

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