Defensive Driving techniques are important for drivers of all
ages. No matter what your level of experience behind the wheel of
a motor vehicle, learning Nevada Defensive Driving techniques will help
you to become a safer, more aware, more courteous driver.
Nevada Defensive Driving techniques are the focus of Driving
University’s online Nevada Defensive Driving course, sometimes referred
to as ‘traffic school.’ Driving University has developed a series
of lessons, videos and quizzes that will help to educate you on the
Defensive Driving guidelines that Nevada has outlined in the Nevada
Driver’s Manual. In the Driving University Nevada Defensive
Driving Course, you will be instructed on the following Nevada specific
guidelines and more:
- Look ahead at least 12 seconds. This means at a minimum you look
ahead to where your vehicle will be 12 seconds from now.
To figure how far this is, choose a fixed object in front of you and
begin counting, “one thousand one, one thousand two, etc.” until the
front of your vehicle passes the object. If you have not reached “one
thousand twelve,” you need to be looking farther ahead. For example, at
30 mph you should see a little over a block ahead. The 12-second
rule allows you to watch traffic patterns and react to changes. When
you are driving at freeway speeds you need to look ahead at least 20 to
- Stay behind at least 2 seconds. If you are driving 40 mph or less,
stay at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This
is a minimum following distance. Most driving instructors recommend up
to 4 seconds. To figure this, start counting “one thousand one” when
the rear of a vehicle ahead passes a fixed point, such as a sign. If
you reach the sign before you have counted “one thousand two,” you are
following too closely.
Remember, the 2-second rule is a minimum following distance. As your
speed increases, so does the time and distance required for you to
stop. For example, if you are traveling at 55 mph, you would need
almost 7 seconds to stop with perfect brakes and ideal road conditions.
So, at highway speeds or at any speed when streets and roads are
slippery and visibility is reduced, allow a safe distance between you
and the next vehicle.
- Give yourself room to maneuver. In traffic, this involves the speed
you are traveling and your lane position. You want to be between the
clusters of vehicles in front of and behind you. You also want to
choose a lane position that allows you the most options for
- Intersections - When approaching an intersection it is important to
look in all directions. You should look left, right and left again just
before entering the intersection.
Why Should You Enroll in a Driving University’s Nevada Defensive
First and foremost, you should enroll for the safety of you, your
passengers and other people on the road. Defensive Driving
Techniques teach you how to be an aware driver and to respond to
driving situations proactively. You will learn to anticipate and
predict potentially dangerous situations the ways to avoid
Secondly, successful completion of Driving University’s Nevada
Defensive Driving Course may earn you insurance discounts and
reductions in your premium. Insurance companies reward safe
drivers, and your voluntary enrollment in a Defensive Driving course
says to an insurance company, “I want to be a safe driver!” You
are, therefore, less of a risk to insure.
Finally, Driving University’s Nevada Defensive Driving Course is
State-approved for demerit reduction. You can ‘erase’ up to 3
demerits on your Nevada Driving Record if you voluntarily enroll in and
successfully complete the Driving University Nevada Defensive Driving
course. This does not apply to drivers who are enrolling in a
court-ordered defensive driving course or traffic school.
Driving University understands the needs of Nevada drivers and brings
their Nevada Defensive Driving course TO YOU. The course is
offered online so it can be completed from the comfort of your own
home. Enroll today! You have nothing to lose but so much to