Before you get behind the wheel of a 3,000 pound car, or an 8,000 pound SUV, remember this: You are actually getting behind the wheel of a deadly weapon.

When you step on that accelerator your car launches like a rocket. Sure, you can steer and control your vehicle at safe speeds, but when you push the limits you risk losing control, and perhaps losing your life.

This one of the key lessons learned in traffic school. Defensive driving is all about behaving in a way which lets people know you understand just how dangerous your vehicle really is. It’s not a toy. It is a deadly weapon that can hurt or kill you, someone you love or someone you’ve never even met before but just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In NY defensive driving is no accident. It requires careful study, attention to detail and a full knowledge and understanding of the traffic laws in places you will drive, the limitations of your vehicle and your own limitations as a human being. Once you understand the rules of the road and how you must follow them, you stand a much better chance of arriving at your destination safe and sound than if you just jump into your car and go.

A defensive driving course is a good idea for anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel; first time drivers or drivers who could use a refresher. There is no shame in taking a New York defensive driving course, but there is shame in disregarding the traffic safety laws and hurting yourself or someone else.

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