Planning and Anticipation
Planning well ahead has huge advantages giving you more time and space to deal with any given situation your faced with. You are looking to give yourself the maximum amount of time and space to make correct decisions and drive in a safe eco friendly manner.
Initially you can anticipate what sort of hazards you may come across just by the area or type of road you’re driving on.
Rural roads – Anticipate:
• Slow moving farm vehicles
• Horse riders
• Hedge cutters
• Pedestrians on the road
• Animals on the road
• Mud on the road
• Hidden entrances
All the above can be hidden from view so we need to be looking for any clues that would give their presence away. For example: We can anticipate farm buildings to have mud on the road outside them or a hidden entrance may have a large convex mirror set up on the opposite side of the road to make it easier for them to see traffic coming, meaning when we see the mirror we can anticipate vehicles may be emerging just around the next bend.
Urban roads – Anticipate:
• More junctions
• Pedestrian crossings
• Traffic lights
• Parked vehicles
• Busses stopping and moving away
• Children around schools at certain times of day
• People may be drunk around pub entrances at certain times of day
• Old and vulnerable people around care homes
All the above you are more likely to come across on urban roads. You need to consider the time of day as this will have a bearing on what hazards you are likely to encounter.
Examples of the sort of things you can anticipate are:
If there is someone waiting at a Pelican Crossing you can anticipate the lights may change shortly as the pedestrian has pressed the button. If traffic lights have been green for a long time then you can anticipate they are more likely to change red before you arrive. If you see a bus stopped in a bus stop and there is no queue of people waiting to get on, then you can anticipate it will move away shortly.