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The Cold Hard Truth About Defensive Driving Courses

Oct 11, 2007
I recently got in touch with a friend I had not talked to in over a year. We hadn't really had a fight, but for some reason we had slowly drifted apart. While we were catching up, she mentioned that she had to go take a defensive driving course in order to get her license back. Though I never thought of her as an aggressive driver, I can see why some of her driving skills might have been called into question. I love her dearly, but I have to say that her driving leaves something to be desired.

She told me that the Department of Motor Vehicles had informed her that she could not renew her license until she took a defensive driving course. She had been caught speeding one too many times, and even though her license had not been revoked right away, it would be revoked upon renewal time. Though she is not one of those drivers that will cut you off, or make obscene gestures at you on the highway, her speeding can be seen as aggressive. I'm not really sure that a defensive driving course will do her much good, but perhaps she'll learn something about the safety of others on the road.

I know that there are a lot of people who could benefit from a defensive driving course. I'm not saying that I'm the greatest driver on the planet, but I always courteous to others on the road. Perhaps this is because I learned to drive while in my twenties, and by that time, I was a little more in awe of what a vehicle could do. When I see somebody who is driving too close to me, or who may be wanting to pull around me, I always give them all the room they need. I don't need a defensive driving course to teach me this. The last thing I want to do is to be involved in an accident.

Perhaps more children in high school should be offered a defensive driving course. I know that many driving instructors try to teach this type of driving to everyone, but there are many people who did not take it seriously. Teenagers are especially bad with this, as they believe that they are invincible at times.

If you have a teenager who is learning to drive, or if you find that you are getting angry on the road, perhaps both of you will benefit from a defensive driving course. It's not admitting that you are a bad driver. It is showing that you are trying to become a better one. You may even save money on your insurance once you complete the course.
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