Risk Reduction and Management

The purpose of risk management is to improve driver safety and reduce the incidents of loss that occur when risk management practices are ignored or improperly used. 

A low risk driver is defined as a driver who quickly identifies real and/or potential hazards, and reduces the risk of these hazards by adjusting speed and/or position and communicates to others his/her intentions. What decisions or limitations lead to a low-risk driver?

Driver Decisions and Limitations 

  • A young driver’s decisions are often limited by his capabilities and external circumstances. Drivers, lacking in driving knowledge, skills, and self-confidence, are limited in their ability to make safe driver decisions.
  • Decisions are also limited by the environment. Safe drivers are aware of and use environmental information to make safe driving decisions. They might observe a traffic control sign, derive information from it, and use that information in executing a safe driving decision.
  • Decisions are limited by what a driver is willing to do. Safe driving is contingent upon drivers practicing safe driving habits and using effective decision-making strategies.
  • Almost all activities people engage in have some level of risk. Operating a motor vehicle is a risky activity and drivers must do all they can to reduce risk.
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