The SEE IT Method
The SEEiT method is a visual search pattern you can adopt in order to reduce your risk of accident. This acronym assigns each letter of S E E i T a specific task you should do in order to avoid a traffic incident.
S – SEARCH for potential and obvious hazards in the roadway on which you’re traveling. Know what to look for, where to look, and when. Search for clues: intersections, brake lights in front of you, warning signs, traffic lights, pedestrians, other vehicles, motorbikes and bicyclists, crosswalks, construction areas, hidden driveways, narrow streets —everything that could be a hazard or obstruction to your driving.
E – EVALUATE the circumstances around you. Where are other drivers positioned relative to you? What do you need to do to avoid colliding with others? This means you focus on the most important information, and screen out unimportant clues. Where are the points of greatest potential disruption to your driving? How could conflict affect you or your vehicle? Will your decision negatively impact other drivers?
Examples: Is the traffic light a constant (stale) green, or did it just shift to amber? Is the driver in front of you texting? Where is/are your escape route(s)? Is the driver behind you paying attention? Could the couple in a spirited conversation next to you drift into your lane or be so loud they distract you into making a mistake? Will the car door of a parked vehicle open and bang into side of your vehicle because you are maybe too close?
E – EXECUTE or carry out your plan. Is it to stop? Brake hard? Slow down? Escape to another lane? When executing a plan, you have made a decision on how to deal with a conflict or potential of conflict.
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T– TIME: Without evaluating and executing, you may make the wrong decision without TIME to correct the action.