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As we drive, things happen all around us. Many of these potential situations happen not in our direct path of travel, but rather in areas all around our vehicle. It is important to constantly move our eyes to see the big picture.
S: Search/Scan the Traffic Area
Remember that other highway users don't always act the way we think they will. We must learn to gather and process the important clues to other people's driving behavior. Here are a few important things to look for: Signs, signals and road markings. The highway itself, Motorized vehicles, Non-motorized highway users
I: Identify clues in the traffic environment
Usually people act as expected, but at times they may do unexpected things that could lead to collisions. Learn to expect the unusual. When in traffic situations that have accident potential, adjust speed and position in response to: The probability of a collision, and consequences/results of a collision
P: Predict what could happen ahead of you
When important info has been gathered from the road around, you must interpret the info and predict what effect it may have on your intended path of travel. Quickly consider the possible actions and choose the best one. You must communicate your intentions to others.
D: Decide what action you can take to lessen the danger
You must execute your decision using the steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes. Be sure to use signals to communicate your maneuvers with others. Most maneuvers will be routine ones.
E: Execute the action that you have decided on
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