Defensive driving or offensive driving?

Being an offensive driver and a defensive driver are very different things. Being called an offensive driver is definitely not a good thing to be called and the terms have mostly remained the same over the years. Being defensive on the road means looking out for other cars and people. But, being defensive does not always work.

Key Takeaways:

  • For many years, the phrase “defensive driving” was associated to the best way to drive on public roads.
  • Defensive driving was a term which defines a series of common sense driving techniques that can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by anticipating actions of other road users.
  • Generally speaking, to be a defensive driver means to look out for the other driver, cyclist, pedestrian – the other road user.

“In short; offensive driving is putting your vehicle is a safe place after anticipating possible problems to your vehicle.”