Student Workbook Resourses

THE SMITH SYSTEM OF DEFENSIVE DRIVING

1) AIM HIGH IN STEERING:

• Be able to see 15-20 seconds ahead
• Recognize potential road hazards & status of distant traffic lights
• Pace yourself to avoid unnecessary stops & starts
• This technique gives you time to evaluate more information, saves on fuel, brakes, tires and transmission

2) GET THE BIG PICTURE:
• Recognize the need to make a decision
• Decide what is relevant information
• Eliminate visual barriers (large trucks) by keeping a 2 second following rule.
• Create a 360o circle of constant awareness
• Don’t yield to distractions inside your vehicle

3) KEEP YOUR EYES MOVING
• Central vision is only 3o –investigates
• Peripheral vision is 180o early warning system, detects objects of interest
• Move your eyes every 2 seconds
• Scanning technique maximizes your use of both central and peripheral vision.
• Check mirrors every 3-5 seconds
• Avoid fixed or blank stare
• Before starting up at an intersection, look left, center, right, and left again.

4) LEAVE YOURSELF AN OUT
• Build yourself a SPACE CUSHION, in front, behind and beside you.
• Avoid travelling in packs
• Avoid tailgaters, allow them to pass
• Keep one (1) car length behind a stopped vehicle
• Keep 15 feet (3m) back from the line at a crosswalk

5) MAKE SURE THEY SEE YOU
• Establish eye contact with other drivers and pedestrians
• Use headlights – day and night
• Use brake lights – to alert people behind you of problems ahead
• Use hand signals properly
• Recognize the need to change speed or direction & use your space cushion as your out Whether you are an expert driver or new to driving, implement the above and your driving skill will improve immensely!!!

WB P: 12

winter roadside kitWinter Emergency Kit Items:

  1. Fuel
  2. Snoq brush, scraper, shovel
  3. Food Snacks
  4. Booster Cables
  5. GPS (mapping)
  6. Candle/Matches (TIN)
  7. Extra Fluid
  8. Salt, Sand, Kitty Litter (Traction)
  9. Blanket/Exta Clothing
  10. Cell Phone (Charger)
  11. Flashlight (Batteries)
  12. First Aid kit
  13. Tools
  14. Tow Rope/Chain
  15. Reflection (Vest)

WB: P 12

Reason for high crash rate during the warmer temperature months:

Cottage traffic, rural roads, relaxed attitude, tourists, speeding, different road users, night driving, less parental supervision, alcohol, partying, no school, longer daytime, traffic volume