UPS Driving School "The 5 Seeing Habits" and "10 Point Commentary"
Terms in this set (30)
"Aim high in steering."
Rule 1, How do you do it?
Imaginary target - baseball/dartboard
Rule 1, What does it do for you?
Centers car in traffic lane: Safe path on turns.
Rule 1 Key phrase.
"Find a safe path well ahead."
"Get the big picture."
Rule 2, How do you do it?
How wide and deep? What's in it? Objects and ground.
Rule 2, What does it do for you?
Keeps you away from billboards. Smooth stops and turns. Buys time.
Rule 2 Key phrase.
"Stay back and see it all."
"Keep your eyes moving."
Rule 3, How do you do it?
Move eyes: front - 2 seconds. Rear 5 - 8 seconds.
Rule 3, What does it do for you?
Keeps you alive at intersections. Keeps eyes ahead of car.
Rule 3 Key Phrase.
"Scan don't stare."
"Leave yourself an out."
Rule 4, How do you do it?
Have escape route. Take path of least resistance.
Rule 4, How do you do it?
Space on all sides, but always in front.
Rule 4 Key phrase.
"Be prepared, Expect the unexpected."
"Make sure they see you."
Rule 5, How do you do it?
Communicate in traffic - horn, lights, signals.
Rule 5, What does it do for you?
Establishes eye-to-eye contact.
Rule 5 Key phrase.
"Don't gamble. Use your horn lights and signals"
1. STARTING UP AT INTERSECTION
Look left, right, and left. Check rear view mirrors.
2. WHEN STOPPED IN TRAFFIC
When stopped in traffic, a car length of space is required from the vehicle ahead. This will allow enough space to pull your car around the vehicle ahead if it should stall and will give you an instant cushion if it should make a turn.
3. COUNT ONE-TWO-THREE AFTER VEHICLE AHEAD HAS STARTED TO MOVE
This step is followed when stopped at an intersection behind another vehicle. Check rear view mirrors.
4. FOUR TO SIX SECONDS FOLLOWING TIME FOR SPEED UNDER 30 MPH, 6-8 SECONDS FOR SPEEDS OVER 30 MPH.
This is to keep you from getting a fixation on the car ahead and to allow time to obtain and hold the proper eye-lead time.
5. EIGHT TO TWELVE SECONDS EYE-LEAD TIME
This is the best way to keep your eyes ahead of your wheels and is the depth at which your eyes should be focused most of the time.
6. SCAN STEERING WHEELS
Look and see whether or not cars at the curb are occupied. This is the only time they are a threat. If they are occupied the driver is probably about to exit from the car or pull out from the curb.
7. STALE GREEN LIGHTS
The point of decision is an imaginary line that you set up between your vehicle and the cross-walk when you are approaching an intersection with a stale green light. Since you are not sure of the light, you must be sure of the point behind which you will stop if the light should start to change. This helps you get the big picture.
8. EYE CONTACT
When you must depend on anyone along the edge of your driving path to stay put until you are past the danger point, it is imperative that you get their attention. The horn and lights are your communication tools when you do not have eye contact. Proper use of the horn to express a friendly message seems in many instances to be a lost art. Only when you have eye contact can you expect the other person to act in a reasonably predictable manner to avoid a dangerous situation.
9. PULLING FROM CURB
Glance over left shoulder when pulling from curb.
10. USE OF MIRRORS
As a rule of thumb, once every five-eight seconds.