Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving

DANGERS

Dangers

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“Road traffic crashes result in the deaths of approximately 1.3 million people around the world each year and leave between 20 and 50 million people with non-fatal injuries. More than half of all road traffic deaths and injuries involve vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and their passengers." – World Health Organization.

This menu category is the heart of this free online Advanced Driving course. In it we cover the various scenarios that pose a danger on the streets that lead to the above-mentioned fatalities and injuries.

Some of the dangers are repeated but in a different scenario, context, location or viewing angle.

These dangers have been categorized according to:

? Questions:

The instructive videos follow the same format:

Apply Golden Rules to the scenario:

Animation:

  • Highlights the danger.

Live video footage:

  • Examples - Clips selected to demonstrate the different situations that can arise.

  • Montage - A mix of live footage repeating the 'pattern' of danger being considered and gives the student an opportunity to try and predict the danger before it arises.

💡 Use the Keyboard Shortcuts to play/pause/rewind and fast forward so as to examine the videos more thoroughly.

Dangers

? Where are accidents most likely to happen?

Car accidents can occur in various locations, but there are certain areas where they are more likely to happen. Here are some common locations where car accidents tend to occur:

  • Intersections: Intersections, especially busy ones, are prone to accidents due to vehicles crossing paths. Factors such as traffic congestion, misjudgment of speed or distance, running red lights or stop signs, and failure to yield right of way contribute to intersection accidents.

  • Highways and Freeways: Due to higher speeds, a greater number of vehicles, and potential distractions, accidents on highways and freeways can be severe. Factors such as aggressive driving, lane changing without signaling, tailgating, and sudden maneuvers can increase the risk.

  • Rural and Curvy Roads: Roads in rural areas often have sharp curves, limited visibility, and narrower lanes. These conditions, combined with factors like higher speed limits, driver inattention, and lack of familiarity with the road, contribute to accidents in these areas.

  • Parking Lots: Accidents frequently occur in parking lots due to congestion, limited visibility, and vehicles maneuvering in tight spaces. Drivers may be distracted, fail to check blind spots, or disregard traffic rules, leading to collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.

  • Residential Areas: Residential streets can be the site of accidents, particularly when drivers ignore speed limits or fail to yield to pedestrians. Children playing, parked cars blocking visibility, and increased pedestrian activity can further heighten the risk.

  • Work Zones: Construction or maintenance zones present hazards like reduced lanes, altered traffic patterns, and temporary signage. These changes can confuse drivers, leading to collisions with other vehicles or workers.

  • Pedestrian Crossings: Crosswalks, intersections, and areas with high pedestrian traffic are prone to accidents if drivers fail to yield right of way, disregard traffic signals, or are distracted. Pedestrians themselves can contribute to accidents by not following traffic rules.

  • School Zones: Accidents near schools may occur due to increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic during drop-off and pick-up times. Drivers who ignore reduced speed limits or fail to be cautious around school zones pose a greater risk.

Remember that these are general areas where accidents are more likely, but accidents can happen anywhere. It's crucial to practice defensive driving, adhere to traffic laws, stay focused, and be aware of your surroundings to reduce the risk of accidents.

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Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving