This week our Coastwide Team were invited to present at a joint TMR and QLD Police community event where road safety for seniors was the theme. An unexpected, but very interesting presentation by a TMR Examiner went through the various elements that he looks for while conducting a driving test. While this was aimed at the Senior audience, there were several great tips for all learner drivers.
Decision Making and Hazards
- What are hazards?
- Poor road conditions
- Pedestrians and vulnerable road users
- Vehicles approaching from adjacent streets
- What behaviours do safe drivers show?
- Getting ready to brake
- Easing off the accelerator
- Reducing speed
- Change road position or lane to create a buffer
- Maintain a crash avoidance space
- Factor in reaction time and response time
- 3 second following gap
- Manage your speed to suit the conditions
- Drive at a speed within the posted limits
- Reduce speed if you don’t have a clear view ahead, or when approaching
- blind corners or crests
- blocked intersections
- or if the space by the side of your vehicle is limited (eg parked cars)
Look in your mirrors
Scan left and right
Scan in the distance
Scan the road surface
Scan instruments and gauges
- Check blind spots when
Turning left / Right
These are just a few tips, however you should see a strong correlation between what your driving instructor is getting you to focus on and what the examiners are look for.
You can always get a refresher or polish up on these skills and more by booking a lesson with our RACQ Approved team.