Phoenix, AZ, May 18, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Despite its ubiquity and its easily accepted role in daily life, driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Every year thousands of individuals perish as a direct result of car accidents. In 2013 alone, according to statistics gathered by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, 32,179 individuals were killed in auto accidents. Hastings & Hastings believes that any step taken towards reducing these saddening fatality statistics is something to support. To that end, Hastings & Hastings supports the benefits of defensive driving.
The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 defines defensive driving as “driving to save lives, time and money, in spite of the condition around you and the actions of others.” This definition is taken directly from the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course handbook.
Defensive driving is built upon the tenants of personal responsibility and awareness. It holds individuals accountable for not only their own safety but for the safety of other drives on the road as well. Defensive driving is a call to action. It asks individuals to drive first and foremost with safety in mind.
Among the many important tenants of defensive driving is the eponymous Two Second Rule. The two Second Rule calls for drivers to maintain a minimum distance of at least two second between their car and the car they are following. Two seconds equals approximately one vehicle length for every 5 mph a driver is traveling. Hastings and Hastings clarifies: if someone is driving 50 mph they should stay at least 10 vehicle lengths behind the car they are following, if they are driving 75 mph they should stay at a minimum of 15 vehicle lengths behind the car they are follow.
The Two Second Rule is just one aspect of defensive driving. When all the techniques and lessons are masters, a driver may rest easy knowing that they are well prepared for even the most unpredictable of roadways disasters.
“We at Hastings and Hastings want to do everything we can to help keep the streets of Arizona safe, and we think one of the best ways to accomplish this is by promoting defensive driving. I myself always practice the tenants of defensive driving and I encourage the public to do the same. I have always thought that good behavior has a way of spreading, and there is no better driving behavior then defensive driving,” said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings and Hastings.
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