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Title: Factors that Affect Your Driving Ability


1
Factors that Affect Your Driving Ability
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How EmotionsAffect Your Driving
  • Inattention speeding or taking other risks
    without even knowing it
  • Lack of Concentration feeling anxious or
    excited about something else
  • Ability to Process Information decreases
    ability to use good judgment and manage risk

3
How to ControlYour Emotions
  • Maintain a Responsible Attitude show respect
    for order and safety and take responsibility for
    your actions
  • Identify Troublesome Situations identify
    situations that may upset or annoy you, and deal
    with them in a responsible way

4
How to ControlYour Emotionscontinued.
  • Avoid Triggering Aggressive Driving
  • - Keep a safe distance from vehicles ahead
  • - Apologize with an appropriate gesture
  • - Always signal when changing lanes
  • - Keep your cool

5
How to ControlYour Emotionscontinued.
  • Plan Ahead always allow enough time to get
    where you are going or try to find an alternate
    route
  • Expect Mistakes from Others never assume that
    other drivers will drive safely or obey all the
    rules
  • Dont Drive When Upset or Depressed wait until
    your feelings subside

6
How to ControlYour Emotionscontinued.
  • Dont Give in to Negative Peer Pressure dont
    let the influence of friends cause you to take
    unnecessary risks
  • Train Yourself Always to Use Correct Procedures
    make sure safe driving procedures are automatic,
    no matter what your emotional state may be

7
Fatigue
  • Senses are impaired
  • You may not see objects clearly
  • You may miss critical information (signs, lights,
    sounds)
  • You may misjudge your speed
  • You may take needless risks
  • Highway Hypnosis
  • Fall asleep at the wheel

8
How Vision Affects Your Ability to Drive
  • Visual Acuity clear vision
  • Field of Vision
  • Central Vision the narrow cone-shaped area
    directly in front of you
  • Peripheral Vision angles to your right and left
  • Vertical Field of Vision up and down
  • Depth Perception gives a 3-dimensional
    perspective to objects (distance judgment)

9
How Vision Affects Your Ability to Drive
  • Contrast Sensitivity allows you to see details
    in the driving environment
  • Color Blindness unable to tell the difference
    between red and green or blue and yellow
  • The most commonly used colors in traffic are red,
    green, and yellow.
  • Night Blindness when seeing at night is a major
    problem
  • If you look at the headlights of an oncoming car,
    your eyes may take a moment to readjust to the
    darkness at which time you may be temporarily
    blinded.
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