Good Observations for Safe Driving (with Photographs)

The photographs in this article were taken around a Bronze Advanced Driving course, with Advanced Drivers of North America [ADoNA], in south east Massachusetts.   They each show typical driving scenes but give only a very small insight into the discussions about the standards of the observations that are essential to effective driver training and to all safe driving.

Photograph taken from a vehicle driving through a small Massacusetts town, showing various potentially hazardous scenarios.
A typical driving scenario in beautiful, small-town America, showing many potential hazards that most drivers sadly get away with ignoring, but each of which, when ignored, can at the very least result in damaged vehicles or something much worse.   Copyright image.

The problem is that anyone can merely talk about driving hazards, but it takes very specific and accurate training to ensure that all such hazards are reliably seen, registered, correctly prioritized and negotiated by drivers, ready for the day when something truly does go pear-shaped and your drivers can save a life (and a lawsuit).  This is just one of the things that we at ADoNA uniquely do in the USA, using a highly-proven approach that has been developed and refined for an astonishing period of 83 years, since its initial development in 1935 at the behest of the British Government.  We have spent twelve years very carefully adapting and modifying this approach specifically to fit North American laws and driving culture, without losing or diminishing any of its outstanding safety benefits.

Photogrpah of multiplr road signs that have been incorrectly used.
We teach our trainees to be able to identify what is wrong with signs such as these and to correctly interpret what they actually are about to encounter. Copyright image.
Photogrpaph of vehicles parked at right-angles and parallel to the road, creating potentially hazardous scenarios.
And *all* of the potential dangers are what? (Listed in correct sequence and prioritization, but in just the brief moments a driver has, in which to do so.)   Copyright image.
According to the road marking he is on top of (i.e. ‘One Way’) this motorcyclist is going the wrong way but this anomaly was what all vehicles at this location were doing, so it’s either an incorrect marking or a mass ignoring of the road layout. Either way, drivers need to be ready to deal with such scenarios.  Copyright image.
Photograph of a motorcycle approaching from the left.
A very high proportion of motorcyclists who die on the roads are killed by drivers who pull out of intersections without seeing the bike approaching, even in conditions as clear and obvious as this. Avoiding such deadly scenarios is something else we teach at ADoNA.  Copyright image.
Pedestrians on a crosswalk, one looking for traffic, the other looking at a cellphone.
It should be obvious which of these pedestrians is most likely to walk out in front of a vehicle while distracted, but a truly good driver will be looking for clues that will avert a crisis before it happens. Copyright image.

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See more photographs from this event at: Additional Photos, Bronze Advanced Driving Course, MA, USA


Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at:

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