Defensive driving is all about being observant, anticipating problems and planning ahead.
Once you have learnt the basics of driving and are getting towards test standard then it is time to become more self aware, take control, become independent and most of all drive safely. This is where defensive driving has its place when learning to drive.
I have put together a number of useful links to fantastic blog posts and videos to support you in this transition stage.
Consider your awareness and planning - So, what can I see? What does that mean for me? And what will I do about it to stay safe? For example, you might notice that the dustbins are out – this means you can anticipate that there might be a lorry around the next corner so you should slow down on the bend just in case.
You can’t control what others do, but you can make predictions, and anticipate their decisions by their behaviour and driving techniques. So it is key to pay attention to the way vehicles around you behave and spotting potential risks and hazards before they’re able to occur.