A handbook for the novice at the wheel, this is concerned primarily with a philosophy of safe driving to be adopted by the rounded individual purged of fear, but with a full knowledge of all possible hazards and a system of pre-conditioning developed to deal with them. Defensive driving (as distinguished from a defensive attitude) is the ultimate goal. In short, this implies a constant awareness of the road, the car, other drivers and one's own reactions. Essential to this goal is an ability to assume personal error and accept blame. Chapters on the most frequent causes of accidents, the influence of coordination, reaction time, judgment, the importance of healthy maintenance of machine, etc., may be instructive, though one questions the validity of armchair appraisals of driving techniques and the ""preachy"" tone employed in an often repetitious pep talk.