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Defensive Driving Techniques

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 30 seconds.

  • 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 movement.
  • 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 Driving Course?

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 disaster.

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 gain!

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