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Chapter 9 Driving in Urban Traffic. Traffic Complexity Traffic is more in urban areas Traffic is more ___________ in urban areas City traffic hazards.

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1 Chapter 9 Driving in Urban Traffic

2 Traffic Complexity Traffic is more in urban areas Traffic is more ___________ in urban areas City traffic hazards are to you than they are in rural areas. City traffic hazards are ___________ to you than they are in rural areas.

3 Following and Meeting Traffic

4 3-Second Following Distance To determine a 3-second following distance, start counting as the rear of the car ahead passes your fixed check point. To determine a 3-second following distance, start counting as the rear of the car ahead passes your fixed check point. * Increase distance under adverse conditions.

5 Looking beyond the vehicle ahead Look ______, ______ and ______ the vehicle you are following Look ______, ______ and ______ the vehicle you are following What can we be looking for? What can we be looking for? Always try to ______what the driver ahead is likely to do. Always try to ______what the driver ahead is likely to do.

6 Areas of sudden Stops ______where drivers may have to stop for traffic or pedestrians ______where drivers may have to stop for traffic or pedestrians Lanes next to ______vehicles Lanes next to ______vehicles Business driveways with ______volume traffic. Business driveways with ______volume traffic.

7 What if we are being tailgated? Move slightly to the ______so the tailgater can see better. Move slightly to the ______so the tailgater can see better. Signal ______for turns, stops, and lane changes. Signal ______for turns, stops, and lane changes. Flash your ______. Flash your ______. In extreme situations, change ______, or pull out of ______to avoid the tailgater. In extreme situations, change ______, or pull out of ______to avoid the tailgater.

8 Reasons for Crossing the Center Line Driver ______ Driver ______ Driver might be drowsy, distracted, confused, intoxicated or ill. Driver might be drowsy, distracted, confused, intoxicated or ill. ______Judgment ______Judgment Driver might misjudge speed, distance, or position. Driver might misjudge speed, distance, or position. ______visibility ______visibility Direct sunlight, blinding headlights, or bad weather. Direct sunlight, blinding headlights, or bad weather.

9 Crossing the center line con’t ______Space ______Space Snow bank, narrow bridge, or other objects. Snow bank, narrow bridge, or other objects. Sudden ______by others Sudden ______by others Children, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, a vehicle door opens Children, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, a vehicle door opens Vehicle ______ Vehicle ______ Drive might loose control because of vehicle failure Drive might loose control because of vehicle failure

10 Crossing the center line con’t Turning ______& ______ Turning ______& ______ Longer vehicles need extra room to make a normal turn Longer vehicles need extra room to make a normal turn ______-parked vehicles ______-parked vehicles Drivers or delivery trucks may park carelessly Drivers or delivery trucks may park carelessly

11 If a vehicle comes at you… Slow down until the other driver can return to their lane. Slow down until the other driver can return to their lane. Turn on or ______your headlights and blow your ______. Turn on or ______your headlights and blow your ______. If your right front zone is open; move as far to the ______to try to give the other driver room to pass. If your right front zone is open; move as far to the ______to try to give the other driver room to pass.

12 Looking ahead while staying back… Look at least a ______away and/or ______seconds. Look at least a ______away and/or ______seconds. If behind a truck maintain a ______second or more second following distance. If behind a truck maintain a ______second or more second following distance.

13 Covering the Brake… Taking your foot off the accelerator, and hold it ______the brake pedal. Taking your foot off the accelerator, and hold it ______the brake pedal. Use this when you see ______conflict. Use this when you see ______conflict. Could cut ______time down. Could cut ______time down.

14 Adjusting Speed in cities Drive ______traffic flow Drive ______traffic flow Stay ______the speed limit Stay ______the speed limit Adjust ______and position ahead of time for other driver who might block your way Adjust ______and position ahead of time for other driver who might block your way

15 Selecting the Best Lane Select the lane with the ______number of hazards. Select the lane with the ______number of hazards. ______is usually faster, but can be held up by drivers waiting to turn left. ______is usually faster, but can be held up by drivers waiting to turn left. Right moves slower, because of people slowing down to make turns Right moves slower, because of people slowing down to make turns

16 Changing lanes 1. Use your mirrors to check traffic in your rear zones. 2. Signal your lane change early 3. Quickly check your blind spot area 4. Change lanes without slowing 5. Cancel your signal.

17 Identifying one-way streets ______signs are posted on most one-way streets ______signs are posted on most one-way streets All moving and parked vehicles point in the ______direction All moving and parked vehicles point in the ______direction ______broken white lines are used to separate lanes. ______broken white lines are used to separate lanes. Signs will be facing the ______direction. Signs will be facing the ______direction.

18 Signaling wrong-way drivers ______ ______ Steer ______ Steer ______ Sound ______ Sound ______ ______headlights ______headlights


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