Author: Booker ID: 144436 Filename: 10 Point Commentary Checklist Updated: 2012-03-28 16:18:15 Tags: Driving safety Folders: Description: Safe driving tips Show Answers:

10 Point Commentary Checklist

1. When stopped in traffic:
• Leave enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If that vehicle stalls you can pull around the vehicle without having to back. The space is determined by the size and length of your vehicle. The longer your vehicle the more space you need.
• Why? HAVE AN ESCAPE ROUTE
2. Starting up at intersections:
• Look left right left. Look left and right first, clearing the intersection for motorist and pedestrians. Look left the second time since that's the first lane of traffic you enter. Prior to entering the intersection, check your traffic mirror looking for vehicles that may turn in front of you.
• Why? KEEPS YOU ALIVE AT INTERSECTIONS
3. Count 1-2-3
• After the vehicle ahead has started to move before placing your vehicle in motion. You do this by releasing your hand valve and counting 1-2-3. This will automatically establish a space cushion and bring your eyes up to the driving scene.
• Why? SPACE ON ALL FOUR SIDES BUT ALWAYS IN FRONT
4. 4-6 Seconds following time for speeds 29mph and under;
6-8 Seconds following time for speeds 30mph and over
• You pick a stationary object and after the vehicle ahead passes it, count 1/1000, 2/1000, 3/1000 etc, until the front of your vehicle passes that object. This is your following distance in seconds.
• Why? KEEPS YOU AWAY FROM BILLBOARDS
5. 8-12 Seconds eye lead time
• You pick a target 8 -12 seconds up the road in the center of your drive path. Your eyes should be focused on that point most of the time. Remember this is a maintained depth of vision.
• Why? CENTERS CAR IN TRAFFIC LANE
6. Scan steering wheels of parked cars:
• Looking for some sort of life such as exhaust, lights, signals, wheels turned or someone behind the wheel. The hazards are the person exiting the vehicle or pulling away from the curb. If you can't determine if the vehicle is occupied treat it as though it is.