Road Wise Mastering the Basics Passenger Safety Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with Texas Department of Transportation Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating
Mastering the Basics To Avoid Collisions • Recognize a hazard. • Know action to take. • Act correctly in time.
Mastering the Basics Action to take Hazard Action Run off right side Stay calm. of road Hold wheel firmly. Steer wheel gradually back onto road.
Mastering the Basics Action to take Hazard Action Skid Steer to the direction you want to go. Emergency Braking Know if you have anti-lock brakes or disc brakes and how they differ.
Mastering the Basics Test your reaction time.
Mastering the Basics How Attentive Are You? • Do you talk with passengers while you drive? • Do you smoke while you drive? • Do you drink coffee while you drive? • Do you eat while you drive? • Do you listen to the radio while you drive? • Do you watch scenery while you drive? • Do you use your cell phone while you drive?
Mastering the Basics Ways to Eliminate Distractions: • Don’t mess with temperature, radio or power controls while driving. • Don’t dial or talk on the phone while driving. • Don’t read a map or book while driving. • Don’t drive after taking medications. • Don’t eat while driving. • Don’t talk to passengers while driving.
Mastering the Basics Speed Stopping Distance 35 mph 160 feet 45 mph 225 feet 55 mph 310 feet 65 mph 410 feet
Mastering the Basics Passing Pointers: • Signal. • Know your vehicle. • Look. • Check blind spots. • Change lanes cautiously. • Pass and return to your lane.
Mastering the Basics How do you determine a safe following distance?
Mastering the Basics Yielding the Right of Way
Mastering the Basics Parking • Set the brake. • Downhill = front wheels to the curb. • Uphill = front wheels from the curb. • Respect parking lot lanes. • Use signals. • Watch for others.
Mastering the Basics Freeway Driving • Observe ramp speed limit. • Be aware of other drivers. • Use signals. • Yield. • Watch for signs.
Mastering the Basics Headlights • When in doubt, yes. • Never drive with only parking lights.