defensive driving

[ dih-fen-siv drahy-ving ]
/ dɪˈfɛn sɪv ˈdraɪ vɪŋ /


the practice of using driving strategies that minimize risk and help avoid accidents, as by predicting hazards on the road (often used attributively): Get an insurance discount by taking a defensive driving course.

Origin of defensive driving

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020