Basic Elements

Basic elements of the K53 defensive driving standard

The defensive driving steps should be done on a constant basis. Make it a regular routine. It is vital when approaching anything and could help you to avoid a potential accident.


Search in all directions for any possible hazards using mirrors as is appropriate and identify any potential hazards, e.g. children playing or other moving vehicles.


Predict how the hazard might develop, e.g. could the children suddenly jump out in the road, requiring you to stop?


Decide what action to take to negotiate the hazard and act according to the risks involved, e.g. slow down and steer to the side to make sure no children get hurt.

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