Assessing Risk

First, IDENTIFY a potentially hazardous or dangerous situation. 

Second, PREPARE to take action to avoid the conflict.

Third, CONSIDER options and the possible consequences for your actions.

A driver must have the ability to assess risk in order to take appropriate action.  Failing to do so can have severe and long-lasting consequences.

Top 5 Adverse Driver Actions Causing Accidents

  1. SPEEDING
  2. Failure to YIELD RIGHT OF WAY
  3. DRIVING DRUNK
  4. Ignoring TRAFFIC SIGNS/SIGNALS
  5. FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY

Other actions that cause crashes are:

  • IMPROPER turns
  • UNSAFE Passing
  • LACK of Driving Experience
  • CONDITION of Vehicle:  worn tires, poor brakes, broken headlights, worn windshield wipers, dirty windshield.

Some may be factors external to the driver, such as weather conditions, road surface hazards (wet, snow, ice, loose gravel, bump), and poor or changing road design.

 

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