Adverse Driving Conditions and Emergencies
Chapter 10 will introduce students to the problems associated with driving under conditions of inclement weather, limited visibility and limited traction. Specific attention will be directed to vehicular factors and increased time/space needs under such conditions.
Technological advances in automotive design and their contribution to occupant safety in controlling consequences if a crash appears imminent will be reviewed. Information about vehicle system functions and malfunctions, and what to do if involved in a collision will be presented.
The student will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the problems associated with reduced visibility such as driving at night, in fog, rain, snow, and glare conditions and describe conditions and strategies of driving in strong winds.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of technological advances in the design of motor vehicles that enhance occupant safety and ability to respond more effectively under conditions of limited time and space.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of weather, other physical conditions and driver actions that influence the level of traction or adhesion between tires,road surface and vehicle control.
4. Describe the characteristics of front wheel and rear wheel traction loss and run-off the road crashes and the actions to take in order to control the vehicle.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of actions necessary to better control the consequences if a crash appears imminent.
6. Describe the correct actions to take in response to driving emergencies caused by vehicle malfunction.
7. Describe the actions to take when involved in a collision.