Foresighted driving is combined with a number of positive aspects. It mainly serves driving safety: The risk of accidents is reduced and congestion is avoided. This makes the driving style more relaxed.
In addition, a defensive driving style reduces the environmental impact and protects the tank (and thus also the purse).
However, other drivers often misunderstand this driving style. Foresighted drivers have to struggle with prejudices. For example, they are described as constantly slow-moving and anxious road users. These two aspects are by no means part of a defensive driving style!
Driving with foresight
Predictive driving describes a certain behaviour in traffic. Certain rules make driving safer and more relaxed. You learn to “swim in the flow of traffic”. But how do you drive with foresight? There are ways to learn this defensive driving methods that we will talk today, but instead let’s read more in this article below about traffic.
1. attention in road traffic
Foresighted driving means to be attentive in traffic and to observe the traffic in front of and behind you.
You should always get an overview of the traffic situation and expect unexpected dangerous situations. This also includes mistakes made by other drivers, such as taking the right of way.
This driving style, also known as “defensive”, makes it possible to recognize dangers and obstacles at an early stage and to react to them appropriately and in good time. Consequently, an appropriate speed and adaptation to traffic situations makes driving more pleasant. It is no coincidence that anticipatory driving is called “swimming in the flow of traffic”.
2. safety distance
An adequate safety distance is very important for anticipatory driving.
Normally, the safety distance within built-up areas is the distance covered in one second. According to this rule, a distance of about 15 metres should be maintained at 50 km/h.
Outside built-up areas, the 2 second rule is used. Accordingly, the safety distance at a speed of 100 km/h is approx. 50 metres.
You should keep a higher safety distance if you observe a hectic driving style in your car in front. In case of repeated sudden braking and fast acceleration of the driver in front, the safety distance should be increased to avoid dangerous situations.
3. avoid disturbing factors
Disturbing factor mobile phone
Stressed drivers tend to drive hectically and carelessly. This often leads to errors and accidents. This is often caused by disturbing factors and should therefore be avoided when driving:
Distraction by too loud music or the mobile phone is often underestimated. This can have fatal consequences.
4. predictable driving
Foresighted driving is not only about observing road traffic and other road users. Above all, your own driving style plays an important role. Be sure to send the right signals to other road users. Flashing when turning or changing lanes, early braking and adherence to the speed limit are key factors for driving predictably.
TIP: Before you ride unknown routes you should take 5 minutes time and plan! View the route, make settings in the navigation system and have the exact address ready – this prevents a stagnant driving style and leads to a safer car journey. In addition, you save stress and time.
5. control vehicle
Predictive driving also includes the ability to control your vehicle. In addition, the vehicle should be in good technical condition. Tyres should be checked regularly for air pressure and tread pattern. The functionality of the brakes, steering and lighting are also essential.
Driving problems are very often related to weather conditions. Accidents and dangerous situations often occur on icy roads and in heavy rainfall. The best way to protect yourself against this is to adjust your driving style: Reduce speed, keep a safe distance, increase attention!