"Interacting with Other Vehicles" Structured Practice
You probably haven’t noticed all the things your parents do when driving, so now is the time to talk and learn about how to interact safely with other kinds of vehicles and drivers.
One important lesson as you learn how to drive a car is stopping when a school bus has it's lights flashing. If you are on a 2 lane road ( one lane going in each direction) you must stop in both directions. You may not have ever taken a school bus and may not have noticed that around your neighborhood the kids getting off the bus cross the street immediately. It is expected to be safe because all traffic is supposed to be stopped. If you forget to stop you can kill one of the kids getting off the bus.
Regular buses can be very dangerous. You must learn how to drive a car safely when near them. These buses expect you to stop to let them pull in front of you. If you are approaching a bus at the side opf the road be cautious. Slow down and be ready to stop should the bus pull out in front of you
Some garbage trucks have the driver station on the passenger side of the vehicle. This changes what they can see around them. They also start and stop frequently without warning. As you learn to drive a car be ready to stop if the garbage truck pulls out.
When a police car has it's lights flashing you are to get out of it's way. You may be tested on this so as you learn how to drive a car you should practice getting oput of the way. Pull to side of the road so it can pass. If you are at an intersection and the police car is trying to go through ... stop even if you have a green light. On a road with 2 or more lanes going in the same direction you are to pull to farthest lane if you see a police vehicle at the side of the road.
Ambulances and Fire Trucks:
Allow Ambulances and fire trucks to pass. Move to the side of the road or stop. If you here the siren and don't see the emergency vehicle be extremely cautious appraoching an intersection. Emergency vehicles go through red lights when they have the lights and siren going. A lot of times this causes crashes. As you continue to learn how to drive a car make sure the crash is not into you.
Trolley cars can't move and can't stop very well. They also let people off in the middle of the street. Be extremely careful for passengers getting on and off trolley cars.
Snow plows can be difficult to see because they are usually out in a snow storm. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to learn how to drive a car in the snow. Notice the big crush cage on the back of these vehicles. Snow plows get hit from behind so many times they need to protect the snow plow driver.
Postal vehicles like garbage truck can have the steering on the passenger side. This limits their visibility. They make frequent stops and often pull out in front of you. Be prepared to stop as you get close to one of these vehicles.
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