There’s no doubting the perils of the highway. Driving is a necessary, dangerous activity we take part in every day. There are ways to lessen the dangers, however. When a warrior or martial artist learns to defensively block incoming attacks, they learn how to protect themselves and their body from serious harm. Taking this same approach, a motorist can learn how to drive in a more defensive manner that may help them avoid devastating car accidents and keep their loved ones safe.
Driving defensively is a tactic that balances caution with the necessity to keep up with the flow of traffic. It revolves around learning how to anticipate circumstances and preemptively plan for situations that might occur which involve quick thinking. Essentially, it teaches us that thinking one step ahead of your opponent—whether that opponent is a drunk driver or a commercial truck driver who loses control of their vehicle—is the first step to coming out ahead.
For most of us, driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing we will ever do. Carelessness, complacency, distraction by technology, and reckless driving are all factors that make driving a dangerous and sometimes deadly activity. In 2015, nearly 34,000 crashes happened in the state of Nebraska alone. And 218 of those crashes were fatal.
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, 63.6% of crashes in 2015 happened on local roads and streets. Interstate crashes accounted for only 6.6% of car crashes on Nebraska roads. However, interstate crashes had a higher fatality rate. Crashes on interstate and other state highways tend to occur at higher speeds, causing them to have increased severity.