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Chapter 9 Driving In Urban Traffic. 9.1 Adjusting to Urban Traffic O Driving in Urban (City) areas very complex O Two factors that make driving in cities.

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1 Chapter 9 Driving In Urban Traffic

2 9.1 Adjusting to Urban Traffic O Driving in Urban (City) areas very complex O Two factors that make driving in cities difficult O The number of hazards you meet O The rate of which you meet them

3 9.1 Adjusting to Urban Traffic O Using the IPDE Process O Make effective use of the IPDE process O Identify – be more aggressive in using visual skills O Predict – since there are more hazards, be prepared to predict possible points of conflict quickly O Decide – always be ready to reduce speed and change vehicle position O Execute – be prepared to use car controls in an instant O Show Drive Right Video (Chapter 5)

4 9.1 Adjusting to Urban Traffic O Four Reasons to keep an adequate following distance O Big Picture (see further ahead) O Other cars can see you O Safe space cushion O Better position to avoid sudden stop collisions

5 9.2 Following and Meeting Traffic O Following other cars O 3 second following distance O A 3 second following distance is considered safe for normal driving conditions. O Increase your following distance to 4 or more seconds in adverse conditions or if you need more time to complete the IPDE process O 3 second following distance - YouTube 3 second following distance - YouTube

6 9.2 Following and Meeting Traffic O Being followed O You are in a high-risk situation when someone is tailgating (following too close) O To manage a tailgater O Increase your following distance to 4 or more seconds O Move slightly to the right to give the tailgater a better view O Signal early for turns, stops and lane changes O Tailgater - YouTube Tailgater - YouTube

7 9.2 Following and Meeting Traffic O Why might a driver cross the center line? O Driver Impairment O Poor Judgment O Poor Visibility O Sudden Move by Others O Vehicle Failure O Reduced Space O Turning Wide Bus/Trucks O Double Parked Cars

8 9.2 Following and Meeting Traffic O Avoiding conflict with oncoming traffic O Look at least one city block ahead to identify hazards when driving in the city O Slow until the other driver returns to his/her lane O Turn on or flash your lights or honk horn O Move right if possible O =conflicts+with+oncoming+cars&oq=conflicts+ with+oncoming+cars&gs_l=youtube j ac.1.QzmCk0e4mXw =conflicts+with+oncoming+cars&oq=conflicts+ with+oncoming+cars&gs_l=youtube j ac.1.QzmCk0e4mXw

9 9.3 Managing Space in Urban Traffic O Look ahead while staying behind O Look at your target area to respond early to traffic signals O Cover the brake – take your foot off the accelerator and hold it over the brake O Adjust your speed O Select the best lane (right vs. left) O Stay one car length away from parked cars

10 9.3 Managing Space in Urban Traffic O Advantages of Car Pooling – O (more than one person sharing transportation to the same location) O Save Time O Save Fuel O Reduces Traffic O Reduces Pollution O Reduces Parking Problems

11 9.4 Special Urban Situations O Identifying One-Way Streets O One-way signs O All traffic and parked cars going/facing same direction O All roadway marking lines are white O Traffic signs facing same direction O Stop line goes all the way across road

12 9.4 Special Urban Situations O One – Way Streets O Entering one-way O Turn from the nearest lane into the nearest (closest) lane O Lane Choice on a one-way O Avoid lane next to parked cars O When turning get into the necessary lane at least one block before your turn O Leaving a one-way O Turn from the nearest lane into the nearest lane O Make sure to read road markings


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