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1 Chapter 1 You are the driver
Drive Right Chapter 1 You are the driver

2 Highway Transportation System
The Highway Transportation System(HTS) – has three parts: people, vehicles, and roadways. The purpose of the HTS is to move people and cargo from one place to another in a safe, efficient, and economical manner.

3 Parts of the HTS People Roadway users – are people who use the HTS by walking, driving, or riding

4 Parts of the HTS Vehicles
Any vehicle that uses the HTS ranging from a moped to a tractor trailer Roadways Any road ranging from a dirt road to a multilane expressway

5 Regulating the HTS Laws are passed to make up the vehicle code
Enforcement agencies assure that laws are obeyed Motor vehicle departments set rules to assure that driver and vehicle standards are met Courts decide whether drivers charged with violating the laws are guilty or innocent Highway traffic engineer’s plan, build, and maintain the complex system of roadways

6 Your Driving Task Driving Task – includes all the social, physical, and mental skills required to drive Use knowledge and visual skins Obey traffic laws Judge time and space Anticipating how your car will respond under normal and emergency conditions

7 Driving Task Social Skills - Driving requires you to interact successfully with people Physical Skills – You must learn the physical skills of driving so well that they become natural habit. Beginning drivers need to concentrate heavily on the physical skills of driving. More experienced drivers can focus on the social and mental aspects of driving

8 Driving Task Mental Skills – IPDE Process – is a process of seeing, thinking, and responding Identify – important information in the ongoing driving scene Predict – when and where possible points of conflict will develop Decide – when, where , and how to communicate, adjust speed, and change position to avoid conflict Execute – the right action to prevent conflict

9 Preventing Accidents #1--- BE ALERT #2--- BE PREPARED
Never think the other driver will not make a mistake #2--- BE PREPARED Learn how to have a good reaction time #3--- ACT IN TIME Try not to panic. Don’t get nervous, stay calm, cool, and collected

10 Driving Responsibilities
Driving is a privilege not a right. The privilege is based on the assumption that you will be responsible and obey traffic laws. If you do not handle this responsibility, you have the power to ruin your life and the life of others

11 Collisions A collision occurs when a vehicle conflicts with and hits another object Collision is a more accurate term than accident. Because accident implies that something just happened by chance Collision are a major cause of injury and death

12 Causes of Collisions Driver error is the most common
Following a vehicle to closely Driving to fast for conditions Driving after using drugs or alcohol Driving while very tired Using Technology while driving, Cell phones!


14 Compare the Odds 1 in 4,600,000 you will be killed in a plane crash
1 in 40,000 you will be killed by fire 1 in 125 you will be killed in car collision

15 Environmental responsibility
Air pollution Chemical spills How can you manage this? Buy fuel efficient vehicles Reducing driving by car pooling or public transportation

16 Your Driver’s License Licensing Process – is designed to make sure that only safe drivers are allowed on the roads by requiring written, physical, and driving exams Graduated Driver Licensing Program – Series of stages that a young driver must go through to get full privilege license

17 Your Driver’s License Learner’s Permit Stage
At 16 the student receives permit to drive when supervised by an adult(21) with 3 years experience Permit must be held for at least six months and the student must have no collisions or violation during this time No driving between 11:01 PM and 5:00 AM Passengers can be from the same household, but only one other person

18 Your Driver’s License Provisional Driver’s License
No driving between 11:01pm and 5:00am Passengers must be from the driver’s household and 1 other person If the driver is 21 no passenger or hour restrictions apply

19 Implied Consent Programs
In most states you are asked to sign a statement when you get your license saying that you agree to take an alcohol test on request If you refuse, you will lose your license

20 Clicker Question The provisional driver program in the State of New Jersey is an excellent way to ensure the safety of young, inexperienced drivers? True or False Opinion Question!!!!!!!

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