Defense Driving Tips From A Parked Position For The Novice Driver

Defense Driving Tips From A Parked Position For The Novice Driver



Leaving a​ parked position​ can be quite the hazard, if​ your​ not sure of​ the proper procedure.

you​ are about to​ move forward from a​ parked position. Position​ you’re hands at​ ten o’clock and​ two o’clock on​ the steering wheel. if​ you​ let go of​ the steering wheel, you’re hands should continue to​ rest on​ the wheel. Some drivers prefer the 3 o’clock and​ the 9 o’clock position. if​ your​ driving an​ automatic, the right hand​ should not have to​ go too far to​ change gears, placing it​ back to​ the 2 position. The left hand​ should slide down the steering wheel without leaving the steering wheel to​ signal. Place your​ hand​ back to​ the ten position​ when you​ finished signaling. One hand​ on​ the wheel is​ not the safe way to​ drive a​ vehicle.

Now your​ ready to​ drive forward and​ you​ have done all the safety checks before you​ roll forward and​ signaled out of​ you’re parked position. Safety checks include checking your​ mirrors and​ shoulder depending on​ the direction​ your​ pulling out of. if​ you​ do not pull out right away after your​ checks, you​ will have to​ recheck again. Keep in​ mind that you​ are leaving a​ parked position​ and​ you​ are hardly moving. Traffic behind you​ can be moving fast. Check you're shoulder just before you​ think you​ are going to​ accelerate and​ glance a​ second time, after you​ have looked forward to​ check you're path ahead. Checking a​ second time gives you​ that option​ to​ go back to​ the brake, in​ case a​ vehicle comes around some corner and​ surprises you. Use you’re review mirror as​ much as​ possible to​ avoid this​ situation.

When you’re parked between two vehicles. Position​ you’re vehicle so you​ are clear of​ the vehicle in​ front of​ you, by inching back far enough. Position​ the nose of​ your​ vehicle forward, in​ a​ clearance position​ ahead of​ you. When you​ are on​ a​ wide roadway, you​ typically have a​ couple of​ feet without obstructing traffic and​ cyclists. Make sure you​ are not entering the nose of​ your​ vehicle into a​ potential hazard! Keep in​ mind the amount you​ turned the wheel. if​ you​ have cranked the wheel quite a​ bit. Make sure you​ do not end up on​ the other side of​ the road. to​ avoid this​ potential hazard, ease off the gas pedal when out of​ the parked position​ and​ gain​ control of​ direction​ by correcting the steering wheel position.

Reviewing the proper procedure of​ leaving a​ parked position​ from a​ curb.

(1) Path ahead
(2) Mirrors
(3) Signal
(4) Shoulder check
(5) Path ahead
(6) Recheck shoulder
(7) Proceed when all is​ clear

The first thing you​ check is​ your​ path ahead to​ make sure it’s clear.

Check your​ mirrors to​ see if​ it’s safe behind you.

Signal to​ traffic behind to​ let them know your​ intentions. (Hand​ signal if​ you​ think other drivers can’t see you’re signal. Also bring you’re hand​ back in​ before you​ start to​ maneuver the vehicle out of​ the parked position.)

Glance over to​ your​ blind spot just in​ case another vehicle pulls out from across the road, just before you​ make the maneuver.

Recheck your​ path ahead and​ proceed forward with one more glance over you’re shoulder. Do not release the brake pedal until after you​ have looked forward. a​ pedestrian may have approached you’re vehicle while you​ were looking the other way.

I hope these defensive driving tips will help you​ in​ you’re goal in​ becoming a​ defensive driver. Have an​ expierenced driver, or​ a​ recognized defensive driving school help you​ for​ further instruction​ on​ this​ topic.




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