The University of Washington: Facilities Services

Defensive Driving


Operators will periodically receive directives from the Fleet Services regarding defensive driving techniques. Handouts and information on defensive driving are available at the Fleet Services Rental Office.

A defensive driver is one who:

  • Is careful to commit no driving errors.
  • Makes allowances for the lack of skill and improper attitude of other drivers.
  • Does not become involved in an accident or a close call because of weather, road conditions, traffic, or the actions of pedestrians and other drivers.
  • Is continually alert for accident-producing situations far enough in advance to take defensive action.
  • Concedes the right of way to prevent an accident.