Last updated on October 30, 2019 at 04:38 pm
Careful driving takes skill and concentration. Drivers need to focus on their actions on the road, while at the same time being aware of the behaviors of other drivers around them. One way of doing this is to employ defensive driving strategies which help reduce driving risks. But where does one learn these defensive driving strategies? In a defensive driving course, of course!
The benefits of taking a defensive driving class, and the requirements, vary in each state. Besides teaching you to be a safer driver, defensive driving courses approved by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission make you eligible for a discount on car insurance for three years upon successful completion. Plymouth Rock in New Jersey offers a defensive driving discount and encourages policyholders to enroll in an approved course. Check with your insurance provider to see if you qualify for a discount. In addition, if you have points on your license, you can receive a two point reduction upon completion of an approved defensive driving course. Please note, however, that you may receive the two point reduction once every five years and only if there are points on your driving record at the time you complete the course.
New Jersey even offers online course with no classroom requirements, which makes it even easier to refresh your driving skills while learning to protect yourself and your family from hazardous driving situations.
According to SafeMotorist.com, if drivers are able to anticipate unsafe driving situations, they can then make safe, well-informed decisions, thereby reducing their driving risks and improving their driving skills. Topics often covered in a defensive driving course include:
- Crash prevention techniques.
- Common causes of motor vehicle crashes, their emotional impact and financial cost.
- The importance of exercising caution and using good judgment while driving.
- Overcoming negative psychological factors such as unneeded stress, fatigue, emotional distress, and road rage.
- Instructions for developing a positive attitude behind the wheel.
- The role that drugs and alcohol play on our roads, how they impair motor skills, and the consequences of being found guilty of their usage while driving.
- Tips on properly using safety equipment such as seat belts, airbags, child safety seats, and headrests.
- State-specific traffic laws.
For a list of state-approved defensive driving courses, visit https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/Defensive.htm or https://www.nsc.org/safety_road/InsuranceStateReductionPrgm/Pages/NewJersey.aspx