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POINTERS FROM THE PROS

Classroom Rule #1: Never hit anything.

Classroom Rule #2: Never get hit by anything.

Classroom Rule #3: Always assume that if a car could be coming, it is! And usually at or above the speed limit.

More Pointers:

Concentrate on your path of travel.

Three fast looks are better than on long one.

Scan the scene completely.

Constantly make adjustments in your speed and space.

Safety Rule #1: Driving is a privilege, not a right.

Safety Rule #2: Think and don't drink.

And More Pointers:

Take a driver's education course.

Take responsibility and be postive example for your friends.

BTW Pointers for parents/coaches: Have Fun!
Be a good example! Take driving seriously!

1st Point: Graduate from parking lots to reasonably light traffic with some traffic lights. Do lots of left turns at intersections, then to move on to heavier city traffic, then on to higher speeds and freeways.

2nd Point: Do donuts in empty parking lots when icy. Limit night driving the first month or two. Use automtic transmissions at first, then clutches.
3rd Point: Be quick and don't hesitate to grab the wheel early to interrupt a student's path of travel. Also, don't hesitate to use hand or foot brake to slow student down.
4th Point: Narrate and point (with your left hand) to where a student should be looking to help develop fast and thorough search patterns.
5th Point: Form the habit of reading regulatory and warning signs by asking, "What did the last sign we just now passed, say?" Play this game until the student driver always knows. It should not take more than one month to develop the student's habit.
6th Point: Always drive with headlights on and mark your car with a sign or bumper sticker that indicates that the student may need to stop suddenly.
7th Point: Don't yell, scream, or put down the new driver. Confidence is important, and mistakes will be made. Stay calm, cool, and collected.
8th Point: Driving the posted speed limit is too fast when conditions are not perfect but it is not safe to go faster or slower than the speed of prevailing traffic.
9th Point: When making left turns, DO NOT turn the steering wheel left while waiting or stopped, because a common rear-ender could become a deadly head on accident.
**The pointers listed above barely scratch the surface of what youthful drivers need to know and of what our courses cover. Now be a great driver!! Mark your car on the back (sign, bumper sticker, etc.) as having a student driver who may stop suddenly.

~  Important Driving Strategies~

HOW TO AVOID HYDROPLANING: To help stay in control on wet roads, slow down. Hydroplaning occurs when tires can't disperse water fast enough to keep the rubber on the road. Easing off the gas will give your tires more time to do their job. It will also help reduce the need for hard braking. Unless you have antilock brakes, stomping on the brakes could cause skidding. Use threshold breaking.

UPON FURTHER REFLECTION... Motorists may want to consider keeping a reflective vest in the trunk. It's easy to stow and could be a lifesaver if there's a breakdown after dark. It will help other drivers avoid you if you need to walk for help or make emergency roadside repairs.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: One out of 12 fatal traffic accidents involve eating, talking or other inattentive behavior, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
HOLD, PLEASE: TALKING on the phone and TEXTING while driving are 2 of the most dangerous activities to engage in while behind the wheel. Leave your phone off or in silent mode when behind the wheel. Stay smart and stay alive!!

~  What To Do If You Get Into An Accident ~

STOP IMMEDIATELY - If you are driving a vehicle that becomes involved in a collision, you must stop. Halt your vehicle at the scene or as near a possible, and try to obstruct traffic as little as possible. In some jurisdictions vehicles must remain unmoved until a police officer arrives. In other jurisdictions, unless someone has been injured, the cars are to be moved from the roadway if they can be driven, Colorado applies severe penalties to drivers who flee (hit and run) the scene of a collision.
CONTROL - controlling a collision scene helps prevent further damage or injury, so you should take certain steps. If possible, post someone near the scene to warn approaching traffic. Place warning flares or reflective triangles several hundred feet in back and in front of the crash site, as appropriate, to warn approaching drivers. Be extra careful of approaching vehicles when you get out your warning devices. Turn on the four-way flashers. At night, leave on the low-beam headlights. If your disabled vehicle must remain on the road in fog, get as far away from it as possible.
REMAIN AT THE SCENE - Unless your injuries force you to do otherwise, do not leave the crash scene until you have helped the injured, protected the crash scene, called the police and given your statement to the police. It is also important that you identify the other driver(s) and car owner(s). You should get the names, addresses and statements of witnesses and those involved. Make notes and diagrams to help you complete the necessary state and insurance accident-report forms.
ASSIST THE INJURED - Your first duty in case of a collision is to check for injured persons, first--within your vehicle, then ask if everyone is OK in the other vehicle. If someone is seriously injured, CALL 911!!!!! Make the injured comfortable, but do not move them unless you know what you are doing. You don't want your good intentions to result in further injury to anyone. Do whatever is necessary under the circumstances to provide first aid.
EXCHANGE REQUIRED INFORMATION - Drivers involved in a collision should exchange information with each other and any passenger(s). The information should consist of name, address, registration number and insurance contacts. Drivers must show their drivers licenses when requested. Passengers must provide the required information when the driver is physically unable to do so.
UNATTENDED VEHICLE OR PROPERTY - When a collision with an unattended vehicle or property occurs, try to inform the owner. If you cannot locate the owner, attach a written notice, with the required information, to the vehicle or property. For future reference, copy the license number of the other vehicle.
NOTIFY NEAREST POLICE OFFICER - The law requires you to notify the police immediately when your vehicle becomes involved in a collision that results in personal injury, death, or property damage over a given dollar amount. Call the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area where the collision occurs. Even when there seem to be no injuries or only slight property damage, you should notify the proper authority immediately so an officer can investigate the collision. The officer's report may help later if any claim of liability turns up.
STOPPING WHEN NOT PERSONALLY INVOLVED - You have a moral responsibility to stop if you come upon a collision when assistance is needed. Be certain to stop in a safe place, if you do need to stop. Drive on if there is adequate assistance available, because stopping may create additional problems.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT: FORMAL WRITTEN REPORT - The driver of a vehicle involved in any collision that results in injury or damage greater than the dollar amount stated by law must make a written report. Generally the report must be submitted to the proper local or state agency within a specified number of days following a collision. In Colorado, accidents must be reported in writing to the Colorado Motor Vehicle Division.

 


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