Evaluating Space Management and Risk Cont'd

There are some basic rules you should follow that will put you in the best possible mindset and allow you to physically respond most effectively:  Drive slower, following speed limits. Observe the rules of the road. Avoid distractions in the vehicle (texting, eating, etc.) and those outside the vehicle (a jogger, protester on side of the road, or a VDOT crew at work).

Driving Risk is not only what you might encounter on the roadway. It is also the possibility that something you choose to do (e.g., running a light, speeding, eating, talking on phone) may lead to an outcome you’d rather not have. Driving risk is highlighted by this disturbing statistic: an average of seven teens are killed in crashes each day in Virginia.

There are four parts to assessing risk to determine if you should take a certain action.

  1. Remain ALERT!  Your surroundings are continually changing as you drive.
  2. Constantly identify potential HAZARDS and factors that impact your safety or the safety of others.
  3. Assess your OPTIONS. Is it better to approach and evade, avoid altogether, or minimize the risk?
  4. Choose the best option as your STRATEGY for avoiding dangerous risk and maximizing acceptable risk.
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