Driving Lesson 7 (SP)

"Space Management and Scanning" Structured Practice 

How to Drive a Car:  Space Management & Scanning

Young drivers just learning how to drive a car tend to only focus on what's in front of the car.  It’s important to watch as far down the road as you can see – so you’ll spot any potential problems before you actually reach them.

Watch your rear-view mirror.  Watch your side mirrors.  You need to know who else is on the road and where they are – all the time.  You also need to plan an “exit” if you need it.

“It’s easier to avoid a hazard if you see it, and it’s easier to see a hazard if you are looking.

This seems like common sense, but in this world of texting, computers, and video games, teens are used to looking a few inches in front of their faces. They need to be retrained to look further ahead when driving.  If you see a hazard sooner, you have more time to avoid it.  And if, you are constantly scanning your mirrors, you know where your exit is before you hit the hazard.

Constant scanning of mirrors is necessary to ensure the highest level of safety on the road.  Mirrors aren’t just used when changing lanes. They are important tools to assess what is going on around you at all times.  If someone suddenly comes into your lane, or a mattress drops off the truck in front of you, you need to know what your options are to avoid the crash.

By setting your mirrors correctly, you’ll minimize your blind spots and give yourself a better view of what’s going on around you.  That makes checking mirrors for avoidance maneuvers much faster - saving precious seconds that could mean the difference between avoiding a collision or being involved in one.


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