What does being aware mean?
As driver is very important to be aware of what is going on around you: to perceive possible dangers and hazards and concentrate on the job in hand. You must be focused at all times. You must stay alert.
A driver uses all their senses including sight and sound.
Three good questions:
What do you see? What can you hear? How do you feel?
Why is it important to be aware?
Of course, if you are not aware of hazards and risks around you, then you are not only putting yourself at RISK but others also!
Who is responsible for risk on a driving lesson?
The pupil is responsible plus the Driving Instructor shares that risk and may intervene with questions or use the dual controls or steering if getting into danger.
How do mirrors help us with awareness?
Obviously it is important to be aware of hazards in front of the car but mirrors enable us to be aware of risks to the side of the vehicle and behind.
How do road signs and road markings helps with awareness
Spotting road signs and road markings early enable us to plan well ahead and deal with fixed hazards. In addition, we need to make sure we are aware of traffic lights and signal changes..
Where should we be looking? Far distance, middle distance and near. Scan and plan!
How does the way your feel effect awareness?
Tiredness, dehydration, medication, anxiety, nerves and stressed! These all negatively effect awareness and ability to drive.
In addition, anger/road rage/ impatience can seriously effect judgment. DONT’ use your mobile phone or drink drive!
Be careful of DISTRACTIONS– children, CD player, Radio. Drivers behind you!
How do you feel while driving?
Red – stressed find a place to stop; Amber – learning; Green – relaxed.
Are you aware of your speed and gears?
How does speed effect your awareness? Are you aware of the speed limits and your own speed?
Gears can be a big distraction on approach to roundabouts. Remember it’s “brakes to slow; gears to go”. Use block changing.
Are you spatially aware of the safety bubble around the vehicle?
Are you spatially aware? Your position on the road.
How can you increase you awareness?
Talk to yourself; tell yourself what you are about to do. Reticular activating system.
Use commentary driving where you describe your observations and actions – but be careful that your don’t get distracted!
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