What is a Hazard?
A hazard is any situation which could involve adjusting your speed or changing course.
To identify a hazard you must look well ahead for clues such as:
Roadsigns, parked vehicles, changes in road conditions, junctions, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, horse riders, animals, roadworks, roundabouts.
Observing What’s Ahead:
A skillful driver constantly watches and interprets what’s happening ahead.
Remember as soon as you’ve recognised a hazard, you must use the mirrors to assess:
Allowing time and space:
Always leave yourself enough time and space to cope with what’s ahead:
A parked car could spell danger if the driver is sitting in it. If you can see vapour from the exhaust in cold weather, this could indicate:
Always drive at such a speed that you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear.
A good driver will constantly scan the road ahead and to the side and by frequent use of the mirrors, to be aware of the situation behind.
Drive beyond your limits of vision.
Approaching a bend, ask yourself:
Approaching a junction, ask yourself: