Presentation on theme: "Driving In Urban Traffic"— Presentation transcript:
1 Driving In Urban Traffic Adjusting to Urban Traffic
2 What are 2 factors that can make city driving Difficult? Dense traffic & hazards are closer together
3 It takes time to see, react and adjust (IPDE) to hazards Mile for mile, city roads have the highest number and variety of hazardsdeal with hazardsmore frequentlyIt takes time to see, react and adjust (IPDE) to hazards
4 IPDE Process I – be more aggressive (look everywhere) P – predict possible pts of conflictD – be ready to reduce speed and changepositionE – be prepared to use car’s controls in aninstant
5 How can you adjust to complex situations? Focus on driving not on ?Cell phones, music, others in the carSlow down and give yourself more time and space.What is a space cushion?
10 When do you increase your following distance? Following a motorcycle or truckCarrying a heavy load or pulling a trailerTraction is poorYou have a tailgaterYou are learning to drive
11 Why do you increase your following distance when the tailgater is behind you?
12 Managing tailgatersIf you slow or stop, do it slowly & give the tailgater more time to respond
13 Move to the right to give the tailgater a view to see around you. Signal early for turns, stops, & lane changes.Flash brake lights; increase following distance 4 or more seconds
14 Managing Space Look ahead while staying back Approaching Traffic SignalsWhat is a Fresh Green Light?Stale green light?Never speed up to get thru a green light before it changes.Cover the brake
15 Managing Space Riding brake – resting foot on brake Adjust speed Select best lane –Right – slow movingLeft – faster, turnsCenter – fast, straight moving traffic
16 Managing Space Lane changes – Check traffic in both lanes and mirrors SignalCheck blind spotsChange lane w/out slowing downCancel signal
17 Responding to Oncoming Traffic May cross your path becauseDriver impairedPoor judgmentPoor visibilityReduced spaceSudden movesVehicle failureTurning buses and trucksDouble parked cars
18 How to avoid conflicts Slow down Flash lights Turn on lights Move to rightHonk horn
19 What does a flashing Don’t Walk Sign mean to a driver?
20 Driving past parked cars. How far away from parked cars??About a door width away. (6 feet)
21 You are going the wrong way on a one way street!!
22 How do you Identifying One-Way Streets? One way signs (Arrow, Do Not Enter, Wrong Way)Traffic moving and parked are facing the same directionBroken white lines instead of yellowSigns facing the same directionStop line – curb to curb