Defensive Driving

What is Defensive Driving?


You have probably heard the term, Defensive Driving. Defensive driving isn’t just a catch phrase that traffic schools and insurance companies use, it’s a driving technique that all drivers should be doing!


Being a defensive driver means you:

Watch ahead for what is happening on the road
You monitor your speed
Keep a safe following distance
Ready to safely react to other driver’s actions
Don’t get distracted while driving


As you can see, being a defensive driver is so important for safe driving. The reason why many traffic schools have defensive driving courses is because they are teaching you the material and information needed so you can be a defensive driver. When you take a defensive driving course, you are going to be better prepared for driving and you could save money on your insurance.

Whether you take a driving course or just research it on your own, you should know and practice what it takes to be a defensive driver.


Defensive Driving = Safe Driving

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Passing Rules & Safety Tips


Passing is very challenging for most drivers and can be very dangerous. In fact, one of the most common cause of fatal head-on collisions, is because of improper passing. Before you go to pass someone, ask yourself, “Will this make a difference in my trip if I pass this person?”

If you answered “yes” to yourself, make sure you know these laws and tips so you can pass safely:

No vehicle shall at any time be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:

  • When approaching or upon a turn that makes the driver’s view obstructed. This might result in a hazard in the event that another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction and you couldn’t see them
  • When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any intersection
  • When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any railroad grade crossing
  • When the view is obstructed upon approaching within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct, or tunnel

Each passing situation is different, and the driver should be aware of the following:

  • Check the path ahead, the off-road areas, behind you, and the lane you want to enter.  Make sure that no other vehicles are signaling to move into the lane.  If you are on a two lane, two way road, check that there are no oncoming vehicles.  If there are, make sure that they are far enough away to allow you to complete passing safely.  If you have any doubt, don’t pass.
  • If the way is clear, signal your intent to move left.  Use your turn signals.
  • Check over your left shoulder for cars in your blind spot.  Adjust your speed upward if necessary (but do not exceed the speed limit) and steer smoothly into the passing lane.
  • Accelerate firmly.  If you are on a road with a single lane in each direction, keep watching for oncoming traffic.
  • Check your rearview mirror quickly.  When you see both headlights of the vehicle you have passed in the mirror, signal your intent to return to the right lane, and steer gradually in that direction.
  • Turn off your signal, and maintain an appropriate speed.

 Passing should be attempted only when it is safe to do so.

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Importance of Wearing a Seatbelt

The seatbelt is a powerful tool that can help save your life in the event of an auto accident. Did you know, when you wear a seatbelt, it reduces the risk of a fatal injury by 45% and the risk of moderate injury by 50%.

There have been numerous studies that show wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to reduce injury or prevent death during an accident. Here are some serious reasons why you should always wear your seatbelt:



If you are in an accident, there is a chance that you may be ejected from your car. You are more likely to have fatal or serious injuries if you are ejected from the car in the event of an accident. One of the seatbelts main job is to keep from being ejected, so its very important that you wear it when driving.



Not only does a seatbelt keep you from being ejected from the car, it also keeps your body protected from hitting things inside the car. If involved in an accident, your body might hit the inside of the car, the steering wheel, car door, or other people in your car.



In each state there is some sort of seatbelt law. You need to research your states seatbelt laws to make sure you and your passengers remain safe and following all laws. If you are found not to be wearing your seatbelt in a car, you will most likely get a ticket and will have to pay a fine.


Wearing your seatbelt is an easy and effective way to make sure you are safe when driving. Always buckle up and make sure all passengers are also wearing their seatbelt.

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What to do After Getting a Ticket

Getting a ticket for speeding or any other traffic infraction is never fun. Unfortunately, it’s a situation a lot of people deal with. In fact, according to recent statistics about 112,000 people a day receive a ticket.

If you do not properly take care of a traffic ticket, it can cause a lot of problems. These problems can include an increase in insurance rates, points added to your license, and potentially getting your license suspended.

The first thing you need to do if you get a ticket is to listen to what the  law enforcement officer is telling you. Its important that you listen and understand why you are getting a ticket, how much the ticket costs, whether you can attend traffic school, and when all the fines are due.

It is very important that you pay all the fines associated with the ticket on time. Failing to pay any fine associated with the ticket can cause you major problems and you will probably end up paying more money.

Check to see if you can elect to take a traffic school course to not have any points added to your license. If you choose to take a traffic a course, enroll and finish the course in the appropriate amount of time so you can effectually remove the points.

Check out our Florida Basic Driver Improvement Course here to register if you have gotten a ticket!

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Pedestrians and Drivers

While there are many hazards encountered in daily driving, dealing with pedestrians can be one of the most unnerving.

In 2015, motor-vehicle-related crashes claimed the lives of 5,376 pedestrians—an increase of 9 percent over the previous year—and injured an estimated 70,000 people.

It is important to know that no one—no driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian—has sole rights to the road. It is a shared space where we all have rights and responsibilities.

Drivers need to know that pedestrians have rights on the road, too, mostly in crosswalks. Drivers should make sure they slow down and are prepared to yield to pedestrians when they’re in a crosswalk. You should never pass other vehicles stopped at a crosswalk, because there is a chance that people crossing that you might not see.

As a pedestrian, you should also follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals, as they are there to protect you. It is important to only cross streets at crosswalks. If you are walking and there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from vehicles as possible. If there isn’t a crosswalk and you need to cross, cross at a well-lit place in the road where drivers can best see you.

In order to avoid an accident always be aware, as both a pedestrian and a driver, of the other people near and on the road.

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Driver Improvement Courses

If at any point in your future you receiving a ticket its important to know what to do after so you can learn from your mistake and properly take care of your ticket.

The 4-hour basic driver improvement course is for individuals who have gotten a traffic violation ticket and either elect to take the course or have been ordered by the Clerk of Court to take it. The BDI course can also be used for car insurance purposes.

We offer the 4-Hour Florida BDI course online! Taking the online BDI course gives you flexibility so you can take the course in the fastest, most effective way that works best for you! Our online BDI course is approved by the Florida DHSMV and is 100% online and available for access 24/7!


Several advantages for taking our online BDI course:

Removes points from your license

Avoids an increase on your insurance

You can work at your own pace

Friendly LIVE customer support available Monday -Friday 9-5 EST

Unlimited final exams retakes for free

Up to date and informational course material

Fast, Easy, and Convenient


Florida 4-Hour Basic Driver Improvement Course 


In addition to the 4-Hour BDI Course, we also offer several online courses that you might need or can benefit from:

Florida 12-Hour Advanced Driver Improvement Course (also known as ADI Course)
Florida 8-Hour Driver Improvement Course
Florida 4-Hour First Time Driver Course
Florida Permit Test (DMV Test)
Florida Practice Permit Test 

If you would rather take a course in-person, please call us at 1-800-800-7121 and we would be happy to give you some more information!

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Intersection Safety Tips

Intersection Safety Tips

State Farm Insurance says about one-third of all crashes happen at intersections and a significant number of these crashes are deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 40% of all crashes nationwide – and 21% of all fatal crashes – occur at intersections. In Florida alone, nearly 29% of traffic fatalities between 2006 and 2010 were related to intersections. During this five-year period, 4,719 people were killed and another 50,408 were seriously injured in intersection-related crashes.

Here are some helpful tips for when you are approaching and crossing an intersection:

  •  Maintain a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Rear-end crashes are also very common near intersections.
  •  Try to enter the correct lane for your intended action well in advance of reaching an intersection. Be sure to signal before changing lanes.
  •  After checking to your left when turning right, always look ahead and right before accelerating. Vehicles ahead of you may stop for pedestrians crossing the street. This is a very common rear-end crash.
  • Watch for pedestrians in all directions before making a turn at an intersection. Also, keep an eye out for cyclists going straight through the intersection, either on your right or on the sidewalk.
  • Be alert to traffic from the opposite direction turning across your lane in an intersection. Even though you may have the right of way, some intersections allow left-turns without a green arrow.
  • Don’t change lanes while driving through the intersection. If you are not in the correct lane before entering the intersection, change lanes after you have cleared the intersection.

These are only a few safety tips you should follow when approaching and crossing an intersection. Make sure you are a safe driver and learn all the proper information for approaching and crossing an intersection.


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Driving in the Rain

Summertime often means long, warm, and relaxing days; but it also brings more rain, which can cause problems while driving. There are several factors of driving in the rain that every driver should know.

Driving While it’s Raining:

More than 20 percent of reported crashes involve skidding.  While most drivers are cautious on icy or snow-covered roads, they frequently fail to adjust their speed when driving in rain.  Also, few drivers notice early clues that they are about to lose directional control.  When they do begin to skid, many drivers do not know proper braking or steering procedures.  For instance, few drivers are aware they need a much greater stopping distance in rainy conditions.  This additional stopping distance can vary by as much as 165 feet, from 125 feet on dry pavement to 290 feet on wet pavement at 50 mph.  Always adjust your speed when roads are wet.

Driving on Wet Surfaces:

Hydroplaning is when the tires of a vehicle have a layer of water between them and the road surface and begin to skim across this layer.  Hydroplaning can result in the total loss of vehicle control.  Even with properly inflated tires in good condition, a vehicle can hydroplane at 35 mph if water on the pavement reaches a depth of only one-twelfth of an inch.

Standing water on the pavement is always a risk factor for hydroplaning.   A good indication of standing water is when raindrops bubble as they strike the road surface.  To be safe, reduce your speed whenever you travel a wet road.  In a hard, driving rain, keep your speed at or below 35 mph.

Braking on a Slippery Surface:

When braking on a slippery surface, keep your heel on the floor and apply steady pressure to the brake pedal with your toes.   If your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and starts to skid, ease up on the brake pedal while steering smoothly back to the desired path.  Reapply brake pressure as needed.  Vehicles with ABS will automatically adjust brake pressure if the wheels start to slide due to over-braking.

These are just a few of the factors that can affect your driving abilities when it is raining. It is important to be aware of all the problems that can occur when you are driving in the rain or after it has been raining. 

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The Benefits of Driving Lessons

Being a confident driver is key to being a good driver. If you feel safe, comfortable, and capable you will succeed in being a good driver.

Whether you are a first time driver, want to enhance your driving skills, or just need  refresher lesson on traffic safety, behind-the-wheel lessons are perfect. Being able to know and execute the important techniques and strategies will help you remain a safe driver.

Benefits of Driving Lessons

There is research that shows that drivers who take a basic or advance driving lessons are less likely to be involved in an accident. A driving lesson takes 2-hours with an instructor who will teach the driver the basics of driving and also will review all the requirements you will need to pass a driving test at the DMV. Our instructors will give you the confidence you need to become a safe driver. During the initial lesson, the instructor will first review your knowledge of basic functions and go over safety. From there the lessons can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a student, that means you can get one on one help for specific issues or questions you are having. This will allow you to become a more comfortable and safe driver!


Please call us and schedule a Driving Lesson today!


ASI offers Behind the Wheel Driving Lessons in:

Driving School of Tampa located in Tampa, Florida

5915 Memorial Highway, Suite 115

Tampa, FL 33615



Driving School of Tallahassee located in Tallahassee, Florida

9009 Mahan Drive, Suite 501

Tallahassee, FL 32309






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Assessing and Adjusting the Space Around Your Car

Did you know…

You can generally avoid the need to brake, accelerate, or swerve suddenly? All you need to do is adjust your following distance, a cushion of space also gives you room to steer in case of emergency.


Helpful Tips on Assessing and Adjusting the Space Around Your Car:

  • Adjust your following distance by leaving at least 2 to 3 seconds between your car and the one in front. Leave 4 to 5 seconds at speeds in excess of 40 mph or more, plus another 5 to 6 seconds if the road is slippery or if you are behind another vehicle that blocks your view.
  • Try to keep a 2-second distance behind your car. Distance behind your car is the hardest to maintain because other vehicles may tailgate or follow too closely. If you are being tailgated, increase-do not decrease- the space between you and the car ahead.
  • Whenever possible, try to keep as much as 8 feet on either side of you. The more room you have around your car, the more room you have to react to threatening situations.
  • If there is insufficient space ahead, behind of or to the side of your car, take prompt action to increase the space.
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