Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving



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Restricted vision for our purposes refers viewing angles. In other words, what sectors of our 360° vision is blocked and what is blocking it.

Causes restricting view:

  • Anything that would narrow the angle of our vision.

  • Traveling too close to the vehicle ahead, especially vans or trucks.

  • Buildings located close to a corner.

  • Fences.

  • Shrubbery.

  • Street signs or roadside adverts.

  • Parked vehicles.

  • Passengers.

  • Cargo.

💡 Tips:

Defensive View Restricted

💡 How to mitigate view restrictions while driving

  • Viewing angle: The narrower our viewing angles, the slower should our speed be.

  • Speed: Increase the viewing angle by changing speed.

  • Positioning: Improve viewing angle by changing the positioning of our vehicle within a lane.

  • Distractions: Remove anything dangling from the mirror which could block your view and also serves as a distraction.

  • Passengers: Have passengers reposition themselves.

  • Cargo: Change cargo position.

  • Properly Adjust Mirrors: Adjust your side and rearview mirrors to provide the widest possible field of view. The goal is to minimize blind spots and maximize your visibility of surrounding vehicles and objects.

  • Use Blind Spot Checks: Despite adjusting your mirrors, blind spots may still exist. Perform regular blind spot checks by quickly turning your head to check for any vehicles or objects in your blind spots before changing lanes or making turns.

  • Maintain Clear Windows and Mirrors: Keep your windows and mirrors clean and free from any obstructions or dirt that could impair your view. Regularly clean them both inside and outside the vehicle.

  • Properly Position Yourself: Sit in a comfortable and upright position, ensuring that you have a clear view of the road ahead and around your vehicle. Adjust the seat height and position to optimize your line of sight.

  • Avoid Distractions: Minimize distractions inside the vehicle that can take your attention away from the road. Keep your focus on the surroundings and avoid using electronic devices, eating, or engaging in other activities that may hinder your ability to see potential hazards.

  • Be Mindful of Obstructed Views: Pay attention to any objects, structures, or road conditions that may obstruct your view, such as large vehicles, vegetation, road signs, or sharp turns. Adjust your speed and position accordingly to maintain visibility and be prepared for any potential hazards.

  • Use Headlights Appropriately: Use your headlights during low light conditions or inclement weather to improve visibility and make your vehicle more visible to others.

  • Increase Following Distance: Maintain a safe following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This allows you more time to react and adjust to any sudden changes or obstructions in your view.

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Street Survival - Advanced Defensive Driving