ROAD RAGE and Techniques to Keep You Safe When Driving

Hi there smart drivers Rick with smart drive test talking to you tonight about road rage and answering any questions obviously that you have about passing a road test getting a CDL license starting your career as a truck or bus driver or remaining crash free so you're not involved in a crash so that's what we're doing tonight I see that Penny's here Adams here Burt's four wheels that's Corey Corey is the moderator and is really good at getting any videos up that I refer to when I'm answering your questions so yes Corey's here and Corey does an awesome job and Hall face is here Penny's here and Penny's asking how do you impress the driving instructor in your driving and test drive well that'll impress the driving instructor can I do a video on parallel parking actually there's an entire playlist penny on parallel parking there so there we go Adam today somebody passed me on a busy road while passing isn't allowed I honked at him and he completely stopped his car in about five seconds I was like oh boy here we go luckily he didn't shoot me only being half sarcastic so what do you mean your own king half sarcastic Jeffrey's here Christian's here so does here road rage is funny to watch yeah funny to watch not funny to be involved in that's for sure excellent thanks Corey Hall phase you like you see like three hundred plus people do you think it is safe to be traveling in the roadways Hall face you know these those huge grips and motorbikes yeah Tommy good evening let me think about that Hall phase and answer your question Courtney that's great welcome to smart drivers Courtney it's great to have you here and obviously tonight we're talking about road rage and you may or may not seen the link for the article that I was talking about that prompted me to talk tonight about road rage there was an incident here in Kelowna British Columbia the Cologne is about an hour south of Vernon British Columbia in Canada here and two males got out of their cars and had a go at it and one was an older gentleman 54 years old and obviously the other person hit him and he hit his head on the curb and he is in critical condition in the hospital and if that driver dies in the hospital the other driver when they catch up to that other driver there is going to be manslaughter charges that person is going to be charged with manslaughter because the other person died because of what happened there Thank You penny Moe sin hips on maintaining your speed yes I do look at the video on controlling your speed Corey will put that up for you so without further ado here I'm not going to answer to too many questions are going to go right over to the video are right over to the presentation rather and talk about that and get that going so Sam is here driving lessons by Big Mac Sam Sam works for the rookie auto driving school in Bronx in New York and Sam has some really good ideas for driving in New York there are some slight differences about New York State New York State likes to be different than other states in the us

so he's got some ideas about that so as I said we're gonna pop right over to the PowerPoint presentation and get going here on that so just bear with me for one sec here what is going on here there we go okay that and no it didn't work sorry about that whew zoom in get rid of that get rid of that all right so here we go okay so road rage so we're all going to experience road rage at some point in our driving careers because it is a simple fact of social driving that we truly believe that when somebody else is going slower than us us their goofball and when somebody's driving faster than us they're an idiot so it the very fact that it's a social activity predisposes it to road rage and this will provide you with some strategies and techniques to remain calm while you're driving and perhaps give you some self awareness that is going to help you to remain calm while you're driving and sort of think about working with other drivers so as I said there in the introduction it's a social activity and you need to ask yourself am i prone to aggression one of the things that Spurs us to aggression while we're driving is is that we're in this little metal box we're by ourselves and all of that causes our emotions to be heightened if we're happy we're going to be happier in our cars if we're angry we're gonna be more angry in our cars than those types of things and as well many people drive too close to other cars and other cars will do something unexpected in them we're not we don't have enough space to react properly which will cause us to get upset or excited when we're driving and the other thing about driving being a social activity and I say this again and again for drivers Drive in the spaces between the clusters you don't want to be near other vehicles because space management is the key component to being a defensive driver and remaining crash free because if you can stay away from other fixed objects and other road users it's less likely that you're going to hit them so try and stay away from other vehicles on the roadway now as well think about the way that you viewed the world is your world black and white is it right and wrong is what the other drivers doing wrong or right because driving for the most part is predictable it moose are it operates on a loose set of traffic rules and when other people violate those or cut you off or make a mistake while they're driving which most people are going to make a mistake do you get bent out of shape about it or do you say okay they did that that happened because it's not a matter of if other drivers are going to make a mistakes around you it's a matter when they're going to make mistakes around you so think about how you view the world and if you can manage space and you can sort of know that other drivers are going to be making mistakes around you and you don't get upset when they do make mistakes you're going to be a better driver because the definition of professional drivers and the one that I hold up as the pinnacle of being a professional driver if you're going to drive a truck or a bus is is that it's not a matter of if other drivers are going to make mistakes it's a matter of when and as a professional driver what you need to do is to put in strategies and techniques that will allow you to compensate for the mistakes of others and if you can do that then you are a professional driver and oftentimes we get tips and strategies and and other defensive driving advice from racecar drivers and let me tell you that racecar driving is very different from driving in regular traffic on any kind of Road or any kind of light conditions because stock car racing for example in the picture here they're all driving the same cars they're all spec to the same specs more or less they're all driving at the same time on the same track the same conditions and they all had the same objective when you're on a roadway you're driving with people with any kind of vehicle in any kind of weather on any kind of road surface with people who have any kind of ability on a vehicle that you know you have no idea what it is or it could be anything from you know a bicycle to a motorcycle all the way up to a tractor-trailer unit in those types of things so it's completely different when you're driving on the roadway and the other piece in our lives is that many of us especially in North America Australia Europe and other places in the world we've become incredibly busy and we're incredibly stressed out and a lot of times we take that stress that we may or may not be conscious of in our lives and we take it with us when we go driving so you need to do some self-assessment about yourself and your own world and what's going on there in terms of your home stress your work stress financial stresses and all of those types of things the amount of time that we're spending in front of screens how much time are you spending in front of television how much time are you spending in front of computers your phones those types of things and maybe you just need to take a little bit of time and just unplug and de-stress all right fatigue is another thing and when you're driving know that you're going to be tired and when we're tired we're less tolerant of other people's mistakes and this is going to lead to bursts of outrage and whatnot and know the signs when you're tired okay and take note of that say listen I'm tired I need to manage my space better I need to know that I need to hang back and those types of things and maybe drive the speeds I'm going to just take my time to get to where I need to go and this is going to be especially prevalent in the middle the night during early morning driving or circadian when our biological clock takes a dip in the early afternoon and early mornings okay so think about emotions think about emotional impairment did you have a fight with your spouse do you have a grievance at work as their death in the family are you moving a few years ago I was moving I was having my first baby not me personally my wife is having a baby we're having a baby in the family obviously and I was moving and I can remember I went into a parking lot and this guy took this parking space that I was waiting for and I just I lost it I got out of the car I'm like what are you blind you know I'm yelling but it wasn't that I was mad at that person it was the fact that I was moving and there were a lot of other stresses in my life and new things coming into my life that I didn't understand how much stress and anxiety was in my life about these new things and new changes that were happening in my life but it came out in my driving and I got upset so oftentimes what were being angry about isn't the cause of why we're angry and anybody who's been in a relationship with other people knows that that's very true okay the other thing that leads to road rage and this is becoming more and more prevalent it's becoming the new sort of drunk driving is distractions and some of the things that you can do to avoid distractions so that you're not accidentally drifting into other people's lanes you're not cutting people off you're not driving slower than the other traffic around you you're trying to keep up with traffic flow and those types of things is cell phones in our vehicles and telematics and those types of things so set your radio stations before you leave set up your GPS units leave tel Ematic information alone while you're driving because there's a lot of information in our new vehicles try vomiter x' tire pressures fuel mileage and other information leave all that alone and then if you need to consult any of this find a safe place to pull over and consult this technology before you drive and don't try and drive while you're consulting all of this technology so phones and GPS if you if you can't leave your phone alone or rather sorry if you're using your phone as your GPS unit put the device on audio and just listen to it and if you get lost or you have to get reroute the GPS is going to do that use hands-free device and if you can't leave these phones and GPS units alone and those types of things especially your phone which is you know the number one thing that we're all doing now I mean my mom took a bus trip the other day a couple hour bus trip and she said while she was on the bus she counted 27 people who are on their phones while they're driving put your phone somewhere where you don't have access to it put it in the trunk or put it somewhere else or just get off the road and then consult your phone because this is one of the things that is definitely going to lead to road rage and acts of aggression while you're on the roadway so if you do encounter road rage and you have another driver that's trying to force you off the road or they pull up and they stop and they get out of their vehicle do not get out of your vehicle lock the doors of your vehicle and do not get out do not engage do not make eye contact do not honk your horn if you've got another driver do not act aggressively your drive aggressively with your vehicle because all of that is going to exacerbate the situation it's a situation in Kelowna with this guy who ended up in the hospital because he hit his head while the two of them were fighting another story while I was living in Australia I was working in a butcher shop briefly what part time while I was there and one of the my colleagues who I worked with at the butcher I was a butcher and he was stocky fellow he was probably about 220 pounds and he comes in one weekend and he's got a black eye and of course we're all egging him on about why he got a black eye but it turned out that he had a road rage rage incident with another driver the other driver got out of the car and it was this old season gnarly bricklayer and the bricklayer didn't even hesitate he just walked straight up to him and he just drilled him right in the face so know that these people are out of control and they do not have control of their emotions so do not engage okay if the situation becomes unmanageable call the police immediately or drive away do not drive home drive to a police station and as I said do not you know drive to a public area those types of things and remember that when people are angry people can only stay angry for a couple of minutes before they calm down so if you don't engage you don't spur on the person then it's likely going to abate alright so know that driving is a social activity know that most of the time the traffic laws that govern actions of people and drivers on the roadway are predictable it's when they become unpredictable that we're susceptible to aggression and road rage think about your attitude is your is your world black and white is it gray do you have a professional attitude that it's not a matter of you know if somebody's going to make a mistake or somebody's going to cut you off or somebody's not going to give you the right-of-way and you're like okay well that happened and now they can just go on and have their crash somewhere else you're just gonna let them go you have this attitude that you got to be first all the time if you have this attitude when you're driving that people who drive slower than you or buffoons and people that drive faster than you are goofballs so think about your attitudes think about the stresses and emotions that are in your life think about distractions while you're driving that are gonna cause you to slow down that are going to cause you to not pay full attention you're driving and those types of things and then again with road rage strategies if somebody doesn't each with you on the roadway locked your doors don't get out of your car do not make eye contact and do not honk your horn or do other aggressive driving maneuvers and then finally if you if they continue then you need to drive away or you need to drive to a police station do not drive home so those are some strategies and techniques that you can employ for the purposes of being engaged road rage and those types of things okay so yeah Mohammed in terms of people that text and drive you are not going to fix that problem the only way that I see the problem being fixed in terms of people texting and driving is if there is some sort of technological device in the vehicle that blocks people's cell phones from receiving messages as long as people's cell phones are continuing to receive messages in the vehicle you're just not going to stop this there was a study done it's probably seven or eight years ago now by the triple-a in the United States and within the last two months when that study was done sixty-six percent of Americans admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving and thirty three percent of Americans admitted to texting while driving so this is not a problem that's going to go away this problem is actually going to get worse because I don't know how they're going to police it there are simply not enough police on our roadways to police people texting and driving so for those of you who are smart drivers and those are you who want to be professionals it becomes more and more important for you to manage space around your vehicles and stay away from other people because these people are going to be on their cell phones they're going to make mistakes and they're not going to be having their full attention on driving and it's not just cell phones and it's not just those types of electronic devices that are in our vehicles but as I said telematics those screens in our cars all of that information I mean now many of these vehicles also have access to Internet and they have access to social media there are people who have video players in their car there are so many distractions that people are bringing into their cars that takes away their attention to the task of driving okay Adam question for later what do you do if someone gets out of this car in a combative manner in a road rage incident yeah and Adam as they talked about in the presentation there somebody gets out of their car lock the doors on your vehicle do not engage do not make eye contact you know get out your phone and use your phone to call the police or take a picture of them if it becomes too bad then what you need to do is you simply need to drive away to a police station I mean if you can't get away from like if you can't drive away without striking them you know you might have to do something crazy like drive up on the sidewalk or something like that you need to get away from them somehow okay all right Silas didn't miss too much oh great yes it is on point Courtney Sarab can you clarify the concept of courtesy driving so Sarab I wouldn't really say that it's courtesy driving what I would say is it comes back to that idea of professional driver and I used that idea professional driver not just for people who are truck or bus drivers or people who drive for a living the idea of courtesy driving or professional driver is knowing that other people on the roadway are going to make mistakes and it's not a matter of if other people are going to be make mistakes but it's a matter of when other people are going to make mistakes and when other people make mistakes is your response to those other people those other drivers and road users on the roadway making mistakes is like oh it happened okay I've got good space management I'm paying attention to what I'm doing my attention is on the task of driving and you simply slow down back off and those are our others skills and strategies that you put in place that compensate for other people making airs in there driving and I get this question and here's here's a perfect example of this people who merge onto freeways or highways and they say other people will never help me out that's an attitude about you against the world of drivers who are on the roadway that other people aren't going to help you out that's completely false other people will help you out because other people don't want to crash either so it comes down to good observation you matching the speed of the flow of traffic on the roadway as you're coming out on the on-ramp as you're coming out on the acceleration rank Lane you're looking for your space you're targeting that space and you have good up you have good observation and you have good communication with other drivers on the roadway in other words you've got your signal on early so many people that I see on the roadway they don't use their signals to communicate with other people they use their signals to tell people exactly what they're doing at the very instant that they're going to do it and you cannot do something at the very instant you're going to do it and expect other drivers to have an opportunity to react expect other drivers to have an opportunity for time and space to make a gap and help you out and get you onto the roadway so you have to communicate effectively – and that's giving people some advance notice of what you're going to be doing because it takes other people a couple two three minutes to react so you've got to give them ample opportunity to exhibit – to react you got to give them time for that okay all right here we go there we go Cornie total routes of memory there you go excellent haul phase the reason I don't answer questions is because I can't see the questions because when I'm on the PowerPoint presentation I have to go to another screen and therefore I need another screen on my computer so I need three screens instead of just two screens that's why I don't answer questions when I'm doing the PowerPoint okay there's another way just raise the funds $800 what they could do to battle cell phones is to have huge punishments huge funnest huge punishments don't work halt phase they've shown that that when people get speeding tickets when people get any type of traffic violation it's very short-term people that speed it only lasts for six or eight weeks and then people are speeding again so these huge punishments they're also trying to do deterrence placing they're doing exactly what you said in the province of Ontario I think the fine is a $500 there's some states and other places in the world that are exactly the same they have these huge fines and then they do what's called deterrence placing then they put it on the front page of the newspaper and when they put it on the front page of the newspaper everybody goes oh my god I better not you know text and drive because there's a huge fine they try that it doesn't work it's not theirs when people look at their cell phones it's that same thing about phones that you need to ask yourself as soon as our phone rings or dings or we get a text message of those types of things we get a shot at dopamine it's a little bit of a you know it's not adrenaline but it's dopamine and we're like oh wow somebody likes us so we pick up our phone almost immediately and to not do that in a car is really difficult and takes a great deal of self-discipline to not look at your phone while you're driving okay soda crazy motorcyclists and you were talking about large group of motorcycles one of the things soda that I might suggest to you is if you're following them and they're on the path of travel where you're going you might want to just you want might want to think about an alternative route so that you're not confronting them or trying to pass them because if you're talking you know 30 40 50 motorcycles on a roadway I mean that's a lot of motorcycles and you got to be out on another lane of traffic for a long time to get around those motorcycles so that may not work for you okay Adam thanks Cory for putting that in there that's great Adam my friends use snapchat while driving sending pictures behind the wheel I tell them to cut it out and they laugh it off as a concerned friend how can I convince them they're being reckless yeah Adam that's a that's a that's a difficult question Adam and really what happens to it is that you know that they're being dangerous while they're driving and what I would suggest you is if they're being dangerous while they're driving and you are you're adamant that they shouldn't be doing this my advice to you would be to simply not ride in the car with them it's kind of like drinking and driving if you're out with your friends and they've had a couple of beers and they get in behind the wheel you just say well you either give me the keys and I'm going to drive or I'm simply gonna get a cab home or I'm gonna walk home or I'm gonna get somebody to come and get me you just refuse to be in the vehicle with them because it's unsafe when people are using their phone especially if they're younger people and they don't have a great deal of experience I'm not saying that veteran drivers have experience to be talking on their phones either but there's a lot of things going on and I've talked about this before in terms of young people especially those young people are just getting their license and they're 17 18 up to say I would say 22 years old there's a lot of change going on that young people have inexperienced with distracted driving dating drinking and driving those four things those are huge huge things in our lives and you know we're we're distracted driving so we have our phones and we don't have a lot of experience with phones we don't have a lot of experience with self discipline of not answering our phone Ian immediately driving we don't have a great deal of experience with driving we don't have a huge lexicon of hazard perception our ability to recognize hazards on the roadway we're dating and that could be all new to us have new relationships we have high emotions or around our dating and then we have drinking right drinking or drugs or whatever recreational activity that we're doing we're experimenting with those types of things and all of those things come together for young people and they have not a great deal of experience with drinking and driving I mean when younger and I was drinking I would drink to the point of excess until I was getting sick now that I hoped her Octus Lee I know the consequences of drinking what I feel like the next morning but I also know exactly when I've had enough to drink that if I drink one more mouthful of alcohol I'm going to be sick and I know that so I have a great deal of experience with drinking I have a great deal of experience with driving but when I was younger I did not have that so there's a lot of things for young people and I think it's important for you Adam and other people who are riding in cars and their friends are texting and driving or their friends are drinking and driving that you simply refuse to be in that vehicle with them because it's it's you it's your life and you're putting your life at jeopardy because one car crash you can you know it will affect the rest of your life I mean you may never walk again you may have a brain injury that you struggle with to go to the toilet for the rest of your life I cannot stress enough how awful car crashes are and how much this affects people I mean there was a car crash in Kelowna last week you know this was in addition to the road radiant rage incident that happened there was another car crash where a kindergarten teacher who was pregnant was killed in a car crash in Cologne it was an awful crash but think of the ramifications of that for everybody else in her family and all of her children that she died in that car crash it's just an awful crash and I cannot I just cannot stress enough how much car crashes change people's lives sometimes it's just a fender bender and you get away without too much damage or too much consequences from that but if people are you know suffered long-term consequences long-term disability and debilitating injuries from a car crash or they're killed in a car crash it has enormous repercussions for people who are left behind okay okay so soda you almost you'll almost hit a motorcycle okay so how did you almost hit a motorcycle did the motorcycle swerve into your lane or you got too close or something like that happened just clarify that for me okay all right okay Hall phase this analogy between drunk driving might help you out okay here in the province of British Columbia we had problems with drink driving so we had a huge in the 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s and even today we had huge social campaigns against drink driving and we had enormous fines against drink driving what happened here in Canada was that it became very difficult to convict drink drivers it became very difficult to police drink driving it became very difficult to convict drink drivers because it was such a technicality in terms of driving so what happened was is that the provincial government the BC provincial government the British Columbia provincial government here in BC passed a law that increased police powers and everybody thought that when BC increased police powers what was gonna happen was it was going to be challenged because in legal terms it's beyond the power of the province because drink driving is charging to the Criminal Code of Canada which is a federal law it's not a provincial law and everybody thought that it was the only be challenged well that was five years ago now that this was implemented it hasn't been challenged and the reason it hasn't been challenged is because they couldn't convict people in court and it's the same thing with what you're talking about in terms of towing people's cars and giving them fines before they get their car back it's not going to work they they simply don't have enough police to police this problem so what they do is they rely on increased police presence which is a whole other topic that we can talk about or they do what's called deterrence placing they they they have a police blitz and they give fines up to a whole bunch of people and then they pub sighs it in the newspapers that's the way they're trying to deal with it but it's not effective and it's not going to be effective because what you're trying to do is you're trying to please tens of thousands of people at any given time in any given space and place on the roadway it is an incredibly monumental problem that is just beyond the scope of police forces in North American in the rest of the world okay Christian I'm good how are you excellent I usually just leave the phone deep in my pocket so I can't get to it yes that's a good tactic Silas's just put it somewhere where you can Brian you like school buses he decided to ride the line between me and another car okay so soda so what happened was is that the motorcycle there's a term for that that I can't think of it lane splitting they call it lane splitting where the motorcycle rides up between the two lanes of cars so in that event so it becomes incredibly important to do your shoulder checks to check your mirrors and keep track of where those motorcycles are and know that you know there might not be something that you can do to avoid the motorcycle but yeah some of the motorcyclists are not they're not going to be considered to other traffic on the roadway and other drivers who the big problem in our driving is that we don't think the consequences of fast driving yeah well exactly we don't think what the consequences are going to be if we have a crash Liam I agree frequency of an enforcement is much more important than severity of punishment in New York City the fine for speed cameras is only $50 but where they being implemented speeding has decreased by 50% and that's a good point Liam in Australia when I drove in Australia they had speed cameras they had a culture of speed cameras and the traffic did not drive more than 100 kilometres an hour if you were driving 105 kilometers an hour on a highway in Australia you thought you were going really fast because they had a culture of speed cameras therefore it overall reduced speeding in the country so that might be something that we can revisit but it's such a political hot potato that Paul additions are loath to put in speed cameras because the charge against speed cameras is that it's just a money grab that they're just out there to get money and that's why that we don't in Canada we've had them in place and they've been pulled out because this is a political political leverage for parties getting elected to office and this is one of the things that they do is they pull out tolls they pull out speed cameras and they get elected to office okay so duh I believe speeding is okay as long as you're not too crowded and tell people what you're doing and and you're right soda speeding is one of the causes one of the top three causes of car crashes however there are different definitions of speeding speeding doesn't lend itself to a simple definition so most people when they think of speeding they think driving faster than the posted speed limit however driving faster than the posted speed limit driving faster than me so I'm driving my car and another person is driving faster than me that's speeding driving faster than the traffic flow is driving is speeding and then finally driving beyond the conditions of the roadway that the roadway will allow so there's four definitions for different definitions of speeding and I tend to agree with you soda that it's not speeding beyond the posted speed limit as long as you're managing space around your vehicle and you have control of your vehicle then you're going to be okay but if you're speeding and you're for example one of the things that I do think is dangerous if you're speeding beyond the traffic flow so if you're trying to drive faster than the traffic flow then you're putting yourself in a dangerous situation and you are speeding but as you said as long as you're managing space I think you're going to be okay in terms of speeding because we have lots of freeways and interstates and those types of things particularly in the states that are 75 to 80 miles an hour and they don't have high accident rates or high crash rates rather and it's the same thing here in British Columbia they raised the speed limits to 120 and I don't think they've seen a great deal of difference in the number of crashes on our roadways because there aren't there isn't a great deal of traffic and those types of things okay Silas check your mirrors just need to check your you need to have a rotating scanning pattern every eight to twelve seconds so you need to be looking far down the road check your Center mirror far down the road check your wing meters far down the road both sides of the roadway come in check your instrument panel and far down the road and you're doing that constantly every 10 10 to 12 seconds while you're driving oh I'm not denying that hall phase that people have been injured and killed from cellphones while they're driving no I don't I hope I didn't say something that confused you if I did I'll clarify that okay Courtney even with knowing your car could get towed it wouldn't make a difference unfortunately yeah well unfortunately there are still people who do illegal street racing and they know that they're gonna get their vehicle vehicle towed so okay so do they have speed cameras in the states yes I believe there are some states they do have speed cameras in the US Jerry the freedom of driving no cameras on the road so you can drive as you want yes as long as the police don't catch up to you mystery I like to know what is the best way to write you I ask this because I think I send you a message last week and for my friend okay mystery the best way to send me a message is Rick at smart drive test comm and you can just send me an email there and I'll answer your email for you so that'd be great okay there we go okay let's see if I got everybody so soda you hit a cyclist in Nevada I'm automatically at fault okay where did you get that information soda that you hit a cyclist in Nevada and you were automatically at fault because that's not necessarily true I think that is a misconception that if you strike a cyclist that you're automatically at fault however cyclists people on bicycles are road users as well and those road users are subject to the road rules you know unless you drove in front of them or cut them off or made a turn in front of them or miss judge the gap it's you know they're susceptible to there are other road users so it's not automatically the gorge fault because you hit a cyclist so okay so in Winnipeg in the province of Manitoba here in Canada court is also saying that there are some speed cameras there as well so it is kind of hit and miss and here and there there are some speed cameras around the world but I can tell you that there is a definitive effect on traffic with speed cameras and red-light cameras in place and I have seen red-light cameras and there's a lot of intersections that have red light cameras at them where people run intersections they're going to get a picture of their vehicle taken to them and they get a ticket sent to them in the mail now red-light cameras it you know the same charge has been leveled against red-light cameras that it is a money grab at one in the same time sometimes it can make the intersection somewhat dangerous because people are locking up the brakes when they're coming up to the intersection and they fail to check behind them to ensure that the traffic behind them is coming to a stop and in those instances where they're locking up the brakes to come to a stop at the intersection so they don't you don't run into the intersection and get a ticket from the red-light camera they're putting themselves at risk of a rear-end crash so there are some challenges with those as well okay Liam MyLink seems to have being filtered out but if you search higher speed than that you'll find it okay Liam what did I miss here I don't mean to derail you or anything but the increased speed limits in the US have statistically led to increase road deaths has yeah okay but Liam what I would say to you about that is that that's only one report and the difficulty with those types of reports is is that they're incredibly detailed and you need to you can't compare apples to oranges because on mostly what I'm talking about is I'm talking about freeways and traffic traveling in the same direction obviously if you have increased Road speeds in cities and on two-lane highways and those types of things yes then you're going to get increased numbers of traffic crashes but on freeways and I mean the auto bond is probably one of the best examples ever is that they don't have a speed limit on the Autobahn and they don't have crazy increased numbers of Road crashes and those types of things so yes there is on one hand there are increased number of crashes with increased number of Road speeds but you have to look at the type of roads and the many many other types of conditions that are affecting that but on the other hand if you have freeways and those types of things you're not going to get increased number of crashes and you know I would need to look at the report to get more specific information and whatnot halt phase in the States that is true if you hit someone with less protection you're 90% to be at fault I don't know whether I agree with that whole phase or not I would need to do some research on that Adam on the subject of cyclists what do you do if there's a cyclist in front of you and cars honking behind you because the cyclist forces you to slow down in that case Adam you got a you know just tuned the horns out and focus on what you're doing because obviously you need to wait until there's a place on the roadway that you can safely get around the cyclist because you don't want to be you know charging through or plowing through on the cyclist and unfortunately this is part of road rage is that other people are oftentimes going to honk and they're going to you know they're gonna they're gonna bring to bear social pressure that's going to force you to do something that you shouldn't be doing or make a dangerous maneuver with what soda is talking about in terms of motorcycles and cyclists and those types of things okay it's like our pedestrian law almost they see it as the motor should have been paying attention no matter what and it's kind of not fair okay yeah as doing post crash analysis in investigation for many of these crashes yeah I'm I'm not sure that that you can make that Blake in statement in terms of pedestrians and people on bicycles and other vulnerable road users that that you're automatically at fault because you got hit if the other Road user is doing something that's blatantly dangerous or blatantly unpredictable then the court of law is going to take that into consideration it's not that people are you know unless the other unless the driver of a vehicle made a blatant err or wasn't paying attention there's going to become some consideration in a court of law about all of that Courtney thanks so much I appreciate that yeah well I'm gonna get some shelves up here as well behind me and I'm going to put some cars I've got some cars here as well that I need to put up there so I'm gonna do that as well so thanks for that Courtney I appreciate that okay Hall phase after you cut someone off or something and they begin to chase you what should you do okay so Hall phase if you accidentally cut somebody off obviously you didn't do it on purpose you need to if they're gonna continue to follow you around what I would suggest you is just drive to the nearest police station okay roll up your windows don't get on your phone just pay attention to what you're doing and drive to the police station and then you can stop and hopefully they're not gonna by that point they've you know broken off the chase and they've calmed down and gotten a hold of themselves and those types of things okay bricks for reals but one statistic that may muddled things with traffic crashing speed limits is the overall increased traffic volume over time yes and that is another excellent consideration Corey is that yes in fact there's more traffic there's absolutely no doubt about it there is more traffic on our roadways there are more Road users on our roadways so the opportunity in the in chances for conflict on our roadways is also increasing one of the statistics has been put in place it's incredibly difficult to prove because one of the things that's incredibly difficult to collate is traffic statistics because of the you know the people who are reporting are oftentimes police officers and there's no consistency about pull about reporting traffic crashes so since the late 1960s when we had just over the top in terms of number of traffic crashes due to drinking and driving and other you know not wearing seatbelts and whatnot we still argue and I've argued in academic papers that we still have the same number of traffic crashes as we did in the late 1960s we still have the same number of injuries we have simply only reduced the number of fatalities and we've reduced the number of fatalities not because people are driving better we've reduced the number of fatalities owing to better Road engineering better safety features in our vehicles safety restraints the mandatory wearing of safety restraints within vehicles air bags those types of things and as well better medical technology so we have better responses to putting back people back together and fixing people in surgery and those types of things and most of those better medical practitioners came out of the Vietnam War the Vietnam War you know trauma and surgery and those types of things all were a product of that so that's one of the reasons why we have fewer deaths in terms of traffic okay Sam I always tell my students to behave on the road because the heat unit will get them and kit you what is the heat unit Sam okay Hall face see if you got in a collision with another car but the guy hit you look like he wants to stab you yeah again Hall phase drive away Hall phase I would recommend that you simply drive to the police station I mean you could call nine one and one you know that's gonna be up to your discretion while you're driving bricks four wheels limited space and lack of planning there are bike lanes in some places also check how to turn right with bicycle lanes yes excellent you are most welcome Silas Courtney needed that link for bicycle lanes as today is my test and be in city with bike lanes yeah so definitely have a look at that as well okay okay Fuad as an experienced driver give me one advice that you could help so one of the things that I would tell you is one of the one of the things that I emphasize this space management keep space around your vehicle because if you're not near other road users and you're not near other fixed objects it's less likely that you're going to hit something so manage space effectively around your vehicle and then bring in the other three components of driving speed management and obviously speed management space management go hand-in-hand you need to observe well and you need to adjust your driving accordingly so that you can maintain your speed space around your vehicle and then finally communication make sure that you're communicating with other road users so that they have time to react and you know that whole social activity works out while you're driving so if you can communicate in the way that we communicate with other road users is our signals hand gestures eye contact and our horn but as I say use your horn sparingly and then the position of your vehicle on the roadway all of this communicates our intentions to other road users and drivers while we're driving on the roadway okay heats okay Oh Silas why don't people have bikes on roadways the reason they don't have their own lanes for bicycles in most cities is B just because of the limitation of space we just simply don't have analysis enough space and as well bicycle lanes on roadways are a recent advent they only come in and you know late 80s 90s those types of things there are very few countries in the world that are kind of as progressive as Holland is that has you know raised bike lanes and those types of things I mean if you want to go cycling in Holland it's an absolutely wonderful place to go cycling okay another question Hall phase buh-ba-ba-bah down here okay okay so they have they have a special place force in New York City that specifically only police's traffic we have the same thing here I think they call it the inter integrated traffic unit and all they do is police traffic and those people so the heat unit in layman's terms as those cops at hand everyone a ticket it actually stands for highway enforcement for aggressive traffic they all over the state of Georgia okay so the heat unit and we have them here in Canada they're called the integrated traffic unit it's the same thing if you get pulled over by these police officers you were gonna get a traffic violation because these people they're they're different they're a different breed of police officers they're the types of police officers they're gonna if they pull you over you're gonna get a ticket that's not likely that you were gonna get away without getting a ticket from the integrated traffic unit or the heat unit there in the States yes and as Sam said there are different types of traffic police in the states as well okay Adam do you think driving tests are rigorous enough in the States my local driving my local school has seven to ten minute tests in a quiet side road and almost everyone passes it seems like many schools are just diploma mills Adam that is a long-standing question about competency tests for the purposes of getting a road test and the same accusation could be leveled against commercial driving schools as well for those getting you you know truck licenses or bus licenses or whatnot it's you know and it's it's it's a difficult question it's a complicated subject about whether you know licensing requirements are preparing people for the roadway and I would I would argue that they're probably not because there's a very different set of skills that are required to pass a road test as opposed to be on the roadway and drive defensively however how we prepare drivers to drive defensively and beat crash free on the roadway you know largely comes down to the attitude of the drivers about whether they're gonna drive defensively and whether they're gonna drive professionally and make allowances for other drivers on the roadway and compensate for the mistakes the you know this is something that I have been studying and I have been you know excited I'm not excited about but motivated by for a very long time I've been I got my commercial license in the 1990s I went to university I got a PhD in the topic and now I'm teaching on YouTube and I get questions all the time and I'm always always always considering these questions and how to make this better and how to help people be better drivers and state crash free and as I you know I make no bones about passing a road test and being crash free and driving defensively those are two completely different things so yeah I don't know the answer to that I don't have that all phase I didn't skip your question on purpose just a lot here okay I did it where'd you go where's your question uh yes so if you think that they are going to injure you someway halt phase yes definitely Drive away if you think that the person's gonna get out of their car in an incident of road rage and you're going to be injured then definitely definitely Drive away okay ah y 3r d oh I failed my road test on the 31st of May by two points I think I did a good job on the blind spot checks one wide turn when I exit the D in parking lot that's how I failed okay well we're sorry to hear that that you you weren't successful but you were really close so you're definitely gonna get it the next time just a little bit more practice and what I might suggest y3r is to look at the video on choreo get this up for you here on learning to drive and go and do the fundamentals in the parking lot revisit the fundamentals and by revisiting the fundamentals that'll help you with your terms and mastering the controls of the of the primary controls of the vehicle and give you better control of that that way you're gonna have better turns when you go for your next test okay there you go so definitely so as sam says the heat unit they're cutthroat yeah so you're gonna get a speeding ticket okay Liam in New York City I actually got a ticket on my bike a few weeks ago for turning right on a red I thought it was stupid I don't know of any other city that does traffic enforcement for bikes yes Liam did you get pulled over by the heat unit is that what happened there's the MTO in Ontario the Ministry of Transportation and they do the same as heat yes okay Tim my dad is in the army in 1974 the last draft and he went in for training but he never made it as they didn't set his femur right okay you know yeah I'm sorry you hear that he's so your dad obviously walks with it with a limp if they didn't set his femur rate that's unfortunate that's very unfortunate so do I believe those cops didn't make the real police force and it takes it everyone else sorry I don't meet the laughs soda but you you might be right you might be right you can get a ticket while riding your bicycle yes you can get a ticket while riding your bicycle halt face because as I said before when we were discussing if you hit a cyclist cyclists are road users they are vehicles on our roadway and if you are not driving according to the road rules or riding your bicycle according to the road rules you should get a ticket because I've seen these people on bicycles because I've done a lot of riding I've done big bicycle tours I've rode my bike through my bicycle through Scotland I rode my bicycle through Tasmania and I see these people they're being aggressive they're riding not safely and if they're not doing any of that then yes in fact I think they should get a ticket so yes follow the road rules and those types of things okay you're most welcome y3r and as we said would do anything to give you a hand and what not so okay Gary you failed my road test on the 31st I was getting out of the ice bees parking lot and followed that I went for a left turn I just turned on the indicator and slowly moving okay okay there might be something missing there Gary that I didn't get but I'm sorry to hear that you were unsuccessful on your road test but definitely you know go back and you know do it again because you're gonna be successful you're gonna get your license okay waiting to merge right that was considered as a dangerous action okay um Gary woody what I suggest you leave me a send me an email Rick at smart drive test and I'll get back to you we can talk about that a little bit more and then maybe we can help that out Edwin how are you Edwin ok bricks for wheels yeah that's a possibility that in the states they if you're on a bicycle they might take you and book you if you're gonna refuse to give them ID which you might want to do just give them ID next time should be should literally say rearview mirror y3r know one of the things that you can do on a road test and while lasts am the same question do you encourage your students to do running commentary on the road test because I encourage students to do a running commentary while they're driving because if they're doing running commentary the examiner knows exactly what you're doing and they know what you're checking they know where you're looking and those types of things and it just takes the guesswork out of it so I encourage students especially while they're practicing to do a running commentary because when you're doing a running commentary and you're actually doing the activity whatever it is you're learning whether it's driving or something and also what not it's going to make you a better driver and it's going to put in skip in place the skills and abilities and and that you need to drive safely and drive defensively and to pass a road test okay Hall phase yes so as I said in the presentation Hall phase for those of you who know that you're prone to anger know that you have triggers that other things make you angry while you're driving and as I said we're more prone to being angry world or driving because we're tired we have stresses at home there are triggers we're upset when other people are driving faster than us or they accidentally cut us off or they drift into our lane or those types of things I had a friend some years ago and if you haven't gone over to the smart drive test website already and seen the Disney video on you know mr wheeler mr Walker where this it's complete Jekyll and Hyde transformation when he goes from being a pedestrian to being a driver I had a friend who was like that he got in he was the nicest hesita ever knew who and he was out of his car but when he get in the car all my god he just transformed into this this character that's just angry all the time when you get in the car he's cursing other drivers and swearing at them and my god you're too slow and this and that it was something else so if you know that you're prone to anger while you're driving just manage your space around your vehicle so that you're away from other vehicles and those types of things and breathe and just you gotta breathe and when somebody else cut you off in those types of things focus on your breathing focus on what you're doing in that way you're going to be less prone to driving and whatnot okay Edwin I have my license six since October I just got to get more experience behind the wheel do you have any videos on basic car maintenance yes there are a couple of videos Edwin one of the things you want to do is do a good pre trip on your vehicle so look at that video on pre trip inspection it's for road test preparation but it'll help you out with your pre trip inspection and as well there's another video here on checking the oil and how to change the oil in those types of things so basically it's just a matter going over doing a pre trip and making sure everything's right and whatnot okay so Sam I also do the same sometimes about running commentary I mentioned it to them when they do the running commentary with me just like I did with my student Rasheeda on my channel yes so there you go so Sam is in New York and he also encourages students to do the running commentary and that will help you out with your driving okay you're most welcome Dorcas how are you darkus good to see you actually I actually speaking out on my road test especially when I did write turns on red so that the examiner knows yes and it's an excellent technique and I really encourage students to be able to do it and those types of things okay so we're getting near the end here if anybody else has any questions I always hang around for a little bit at the end of commentary to answer that and whatnot so I just want to mention I did get the defensive driving course up over at the smart drive test website Cory I'll put the link up here for you and for this week the defensive driving course is on for $10 so you can pick up the defensive driving course for $10 and it will cover all of these topics of road rage distracted driving medication fatigue all of this stuff and it will help you and give you techniques and strategies to be a better driver and for rain crash free as well I talked about the different types of crashes and strategies and techniques you can put in place for those so have a look at that over on the smart drive test website you can pick it up for 75% off for $10 this week okay ah Adam there's a great book on the subject called traffic by Tom Vanderbilt yes Adam I have read that book and unfortunately it is dense and turgid there's some good words for you it's not very accessible it's it's a tough book to read it's a it's a tough book yeah so thanks for that but I don't want to discourage people from not picking it up and having a look at it but I did I did read it I was gonna do a book review on it but I just found it really tough to get through okay what about two-lane uncontrolled intersections Mustang man what is it you want to know about two-lane uncontrolled intersections all right in my expense and driving there's not much road rage near the including the city but in the city there's where to go where to go where there's a bit more yes epic if people are flashing their lights that can be an indication of road rage they are certainly frustrated with whatever you're doing or they're thinking that you're in the way people are flashing your lights you do want to try and get out of the way and those types of things and let them pass Davis thanks Rick for the help on the videos you are most welcome Sam the examiner's here always here running commentary with the CDL drivers because it must be done with them so they're used to hearing it excellent that's that's an excellent point Sam so again Sam and I both driving instructors Sam as the driving instructor in the Bronx and in New York and I am the driving instructor here British Columbia have also been a driving instructor in Australia and in Ontario the province of Ontario here in Canada and we strongly encourage you to use running commentary that will help you to learn how to drive y3r okay I'm going for my second test excellent that is awesome we're so glad to hear that good luck on that haul phase okay so I had a road rage driver so I'll tell you one incident that I had with a road rage driver and it probably most of my road radiances have been on my bicycle when I've been riding my bicycle in traffic that's when I've had most of my road rage incidents but a couple of years ago when I was going through my divorce I was just not in a good emotional state anyway I was coming back from Kamloops which is about 90 minutes north of Vernon here and I was coming back and I was coming back to get my kids on Halloween I was running late which didn't help first of all that was it and I come into the parking lot where I was picking up my kids and I came around the parking lot and there was a van parked in the middle of the parking lot and I'm not I'm in the parking lot and I am just like I'm I'm not even really an emotional control at this point because I'm late I'm you know I just my wife left me a couple of months before that I'm picking up my kids I'm a single dad and I get in the parking lot in this van is right there and he's in my way and I start honking the horn on the car which you know mostly it's my fault absolutely anyway he got out of the van he come across he opened the door I'm like on my car and he put his hand on my arm right here put his hand on my arm and I looked up at him and I said in a very calm voice I looked at him and I said you need to take your hand off me right now and he basically took his hand off my arm and he slammed the door he said something cursing at me and he walked off so that was one road rage rage incident that I did have a couple years ago and it you know it could have it could have been worse it really could have been worse so I just really suggest that you take you know try and calm yourself down and do not engage okay all right Adam I admit that I couldn't finish it even as an avid reader yes dance and turgid that was what I went for with that book yes it was it was a tough read okay defensive driving course there you go Mustang man the timing when two people don't go together it messes everything up and I almost got hit yes so that's excellent Mustang man what you got to do is the right-of-way is always given the right sorry the right-of-way is not taken the right-of-way is always given so somebody else wants to go just let them go and then wait for your turn there you go halt face great tornado I was Toronto yeah you gotta hate that autocorrect there you go uh yeah Courtney it really depends as long as you're ready for your driving you're gonna be fine whether it's a small town or a big city you know you just got to be good at your driving okay so have a look at the defensive driving course we're gonna leave it there thank you so much for showing up and asking questions and engaging it's always great fun and smart Sundays and for those of you watching on the replay thank you very much for watching be sure to give it a thumbs up and if you're new to smart drive test consider subscribing we greatly appreciate all your comments and feedback and helping to improve the channel and we're going through a bit of rebranding right now and you're gonna see some of that so I'm gonna get back on making videos and again good luck on everybody who's got a road test coming up congratulations everybody who's passed and attempted won in the last 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Summer DRIVING and Techniques to Keep You Safe :: Smart Sunday #43

Hi there smart drivers Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you tonight about summer driving and some of the dangers and risks involved with summer driving and haul phases here in Hall phase yes I really should play the introduction at the beginning of the streams I did see that on an ikemen video on how to do that and it really should get that going 8:08 Blessed One is here Jenny's here and Corey is here bricks for wheels and I'd like to thank Corey for moderating and doing a great job that he does every week on doing this and I owe all of us microbrews an apology for last week I had rescheduled the stream for Monday and life my my job my life just got crazy so I didn't show up for that so my sincere apologies about that I'm just gonna crank up the contrast here a little bit so just bear with me for just one moment here will I do that just to make the picture just a little bit better there we go so that should work okay and Jane is here okay so Jaime rather I'm sorry Jaime when you're holding the brake when you're turning you should not be holding the brake when you're turning that's not a good habit to be into when you're turning you should break before you get to the turn and then slow down to the speed that you need to slow down before the turn so if you're doing a right-hand turn for example you'll want to be 10 to 12 miles an hour sort of 8 to 10 kilometers an hour slow down to that speed first and then turn the corner you don't want to be braking and steering at the same time especially if you get into winter driving or slippery conditions such as rain or whatnot hail and those types of things because if you're braking and steering at the same time you're going to not have as much control of vehicle and potentially could lose control of vehicles so make sure that you're one or the other not both the same time you are most welcome Jaime Victoria I'm always looking hovering my foot towards the brake – okay there was another part of that okay Victoria is there a reason why you're putting your foot towards the brake are you uncomfortable with the amount of speed one of the things that might suggest to you is that increase your following distance that way you're not gonna be hovering over the break nearly as much okay and Cory got the video up there for bhoomika no you shouldn't hold the brake there you go okay thanks Cory for letting me know that the video and audio are good that's excellent awesome ok bhoomika you're not alone in your anxiety in terms of driving that's for sure and if you're anxious in terms of your driving or you have fear or trepidation around driving one of the things I suggest you is take it in small doses okay practice driving in less dense traffic areas as your skills improve as you get more comfortable with your driving then move into greater and greater traffic density areas okay so make sure that you do that while you're when you're first learning how to drive if you can't even get to that part of driving what I would suggest you is maybe just sit in the vehicle two or three times a day until you get really comfortable with the vehicle because I know there's a great deal of fear and trepidation of particularly not so much with just being able to drive the vehicle but I was talking to a smart driver the other day who was having some difficulty with driving and they had difficulty with the pressure of other drivers so essentially what I talked about in terms of social driving there they were having problems for the social dynamics of driving and fearing what other drivers were thinking about them and felt claustrophobic particularly when they were getting into roundabouts and heavy traffic left for them they were in Great Britain so it would right-hand turns for us here driving on the right side of the road it was right in our left-hand turns and those types of things so that's another part that can contribute to the fear and anxiety that we have surrounding driving so have a look at the fear and anxiety video and Koryo get that up first as well okay uncomfortable is getting too fast in case another car cuts in or something so I feel like I need to always be ready to brake okay excellent point Victoria one of the things that you might focus on and this is one of the this is a common problem amongst new drivers is that they're worried about what other drivers are doing and often times when other drivers cut you off or cut in front of you or do something unpredictable often times they do that because you're not driving in a predictable fashion and what I mean is is that you're driving too slow you don't take the corner fast enough or something like that and often this results from when you're driving too slower you're not taking the corners properly those types of things often that results from because you're not focusing on what you were doing and what you need to do is you need to find something that you focus in on and because when you're driving it's not to the detriment or the dismissal of other drivers on the road but you really need to focus in on what you're doing you need to dismiss what other drivers think you need to dismiss what other drivers are doing and really focus in on what you were doing you need to drive the speed limit you need to make turns correctly you need to not have your foot hovering over the brake and you need to be applying the throttle and driving at the speed limit or the flow of traffic if you're preparing for a road test obviously you've got a drive at the speed limit but after your road test what I say to people is you really should be keeping up with traffic that's gonna make you more predictable that's gonna make you safer on the roadways and it's gonna keep you safe and other drivers are less likely to cut you off and do other things that are going to take your space to conflict with your space because if you're doing what you're doing and you're doing it properly other vehicles are gonna work around you in those types of things when you're driving ok Libin to be three feet away from the curb shouldn't we be closer also should we turn the steering wheel all the way towards the curb or slowly okay living what you need to do is you need to look at the video on learning how to drive and do the exercises in that video because if you can't if you're if you're not able to if you need to figure out how far to turn the steering wheel those types of things you're not quite ready to be on the road yet there's there's some other fundamental techniques that I would suggest that you work on before you move out onto the roadway in those types of things okay Prine a how do you centre the vehicle in the roadway look farther down the road and pick out landmarks that are farther down the road and often time's other traffic's gonna be driving in the center of the roadway so if you follow other traffic as well if you look for landmarks and those types things in choreo get up the video here for you on how to stay centered in the roadway and that's going to help you to do that but but most important is to look farther down the road and be looking farther down the road because the vehicle is going to go where you're looking so you need to be looking farther down the road okay Blessed One okay I hate that you could be driving on a steady pace than all sudden you do a sudden quick stop hopefully the other vehicles don't hit you from behind yes and blessed one of the things that you need to do is CV you do need to make a sudden stop is that before you make that sudden stop you need to check that center mirror to make sure that nobody's directly behind you because if somebody is directly behind you then you're gonna have to make a split-second decision about whether you're gonna proceed so for example if you're on a yellow light you're gonna have to make a quick second a quick split-second decision about whether you're going to abort the braking and you're going to proceed through the yellow light or you're gonna stop and that vehicle behind you as well as going to stop so you need to make those kinds of decisions okay Mohammed do you need to do the right things all the time also a dashcam is important Mohammed you can't do the right things all the time convinced that you know you need to do the right thing most of the time because we're human beings and we're not biologically able to drive at high speeds as we do in cars and we put in all kinds of other techniques and strategies that compensate for our biological limitations when we're driving so that's one of the things that you can put in place there you go s James yes too many people drive with the I have to worry about everyone else in the road how the hell are you supposed to worry about everyone else you can't control what they are going to do excellent and and that's right James and really what you need to do is you need to focus on what you're doing to a certain extent you need to be concerned about what other people doing but many new drivers focus too much and what other drivers are doing and it gets them into trouble because they're always trying to they're they're driving react as opposed to proactively and if they're doing what they need to be doing then they're gonna be more predictable on the roadway and other traffic is gonna move around them and do the things that they need to do and it's going to keep you safer all right okay bhoomika okay so bhoomika I would definitely have a look at that video on learning how to drive and do the exercises in there work with the pylons the 36 inch one meter tall pylons as well work with the piece of 2×4 so you can get the wheels up on the 2×4 on both the right and left side of the vehicle Jenny when my right lane has a vehicle coming near and I want to change to the right when should I turn signal turn signal right away or after the approaching cars go then turn signal okay so Jenny I want to change lanes okay so Jenny you want to put your signal on as soon as possible because what I tell drivers signals are to indicate to other traffic that you wish to move over not that you are moving over and oftentimes drivers say this to me smart drivers say this to me oh I can't lane change I can't merge I can't do this and I can't do that and when I'm in the viewing with them oftentimes what I say to drivers is other drivers don't know that you want to move over until you actually ask them and you ask them via your signal so what I one of my favorite sayings when I say students when I'm teaching them is is that turn signals are to tell drivers that you wish to move over not that you are going to move over and if you give it but dance notice to other drivers they're going to help they're more likely to help you out I'm not saying they're gonna help you out all the time but they're more likely to help you out because they know that you want a lane change or you're going to turn or you're going to merge or whatnot so you put your signal on as soon as possible okay liban I'd practice the maneuvers a lot but I just wanted to clarify what was mentioned in the video since I assumed we needed to pull up to the curb and then back up slowly sorry for the confusion oh Liban I'm sorry maybe I missed maybe I missed something there I'm sorry okay okay Livan Livan Livan where'd you go I'm just scrolling through the comments here and having a look here Liban are you in California talking about backing up along the curb there just answer that question okay Jenny you got it perfect okay so what I'm gonna do here is I'm going to go over the over to the presentation I actually have a presentation tonight on summer driving and I want to talk a little bit about summer driving and the reason that I want to talk about summer driving as some of you may or may not know the most number of crashes in any country in the world are during the summer months and for though those of us here in North America that are driving are not in North America but in the northern hemisphere rather where we have summer the the highest number of crashes are going to occur in July and August here so I want to just give you some techniques and strategies to put in place that are going to keep you safe during summer and during the driving in the summer haul phase when you are allowed to run away from the police when they stopped you for a traffic I don't think there's any time haul phase that you can actually run away from the police you can drive to a safe place to pull in so for example if you're on a busy road or you're on a bridge or whatnot you can drive over the bridge and find an exit to get off that's going to be safer for you and the police to talk to you so know that that you can do that but there isn't a time that you can actually drive away from the police that I'm aware of okay bhoomika Oh have a good night bhoomika thanks for showing up all the best okay liban i'm in washington was talking about backing around the corner I think it was called a two-point reverse turn yes it was called a two-point reverse turn and living the other thing that I've heard I have heard that there are some places that you have to be 18 inches from the curb so I don't know whether that's true but living what I would suggest you is to go in hire a local driving school and go out with an examiner for a practice driving test and they will give you they will give you specific instructions about what you need to do to pass the test the road test in and around your DMV where you're going to be taking your test okay don't teach about exnihilo why they don't teach about big rig trucks 18 wheelers and driving schools like how to behave around them like that they have football yards all right exnihilo this is this is one of the things that you know I have a little bit of an issue with is that there seems to be this trucker mentality against four-wheelers and this is what truckers called people and passenger vehicles their trucks trucks against four-wheelers and we've got this big thing this big war about trucks and four-wheelers right and this is one of the things that they say all the time old trucks can't stop and this and that and four-wheelers are cutting them off and I'm not disregarding that four-wheelers do cut big trucks off I've had it happen to me and I've had them had four-wheelers do goofy things around me however to say that they're slower to stop is is not true it's simply not true these big trucks have incredible braking power on them and I teach air brakes and these big trucks will stop in a very short space of time so that is a myth that's simply not true in driving yes you should get out and get past the big truck as soon as possible and you shouldn't hang out around them and in their blind areas and those types of things because a lot of times the truck drivers can't see you or bus drivers or anybody who's in a large vehicle an RV or u-haul vehicle or those types of things so no all of that and that's good information for new drivers to know but to say that they are slower to stop no they're a lot slower to accelerate but they're not much slower to stop than a car and you know that unfortunately has been proven you know that's just not that's just a myth and any professional driver who is driving a big truck or driving a bus or whatnot it's going to increase their following distance so they're not any professional driver and I use I in air quotes professional driver is a driver that's gonna maintain their space around the vehicle because they know he or she knows that it's faster to drive it at an emergency situation that is to brake so that's what I'm gonna say about that all right yes exactly Corey bigger bigger vehicle bigger brakes an 18-wheeler has ten brakes on it there's there's two brakes for each axle so there's a lot bigger and each one of those brake chambers on that air brake equipped vehicle is capable of producing up to 5,000 pounds per square inch of force because of the way the air pressure works on the system and the work with the way that in the way that the levers work in the air brake system so there's a lot of braking force okay so there we go okay exnihilo thank you for bringing up that's really great I mean that's great information for new drivers to know all right ah Hall face do you know what top chase and live-chat means no I don't know that living you're most welcome okay and Victoria's in Hall phase which comment did I skip I just said it there we go Hall phase there's a lot of crashes on the freeways in any season no but Hall phase in Australia in North America in the United States in Canada in Europe the most number of crashes happen in the summer time they happen in the summer months that's the highest number of crashes when I was asked this question the first time when the most number of crashes car crashes happened what season I answered in the wintertime then I was completely wrong I was completely it's completely false most traffic crashes happen within 20 minutes of home in clear conditions good road conditions low traffic and the driver is somewhat alert for whatever reason they can it's inexplicable why that happens but there are more crashes in the summer times so so that's we're going to talk about so I'm gonna skip over to the presentation here and get going on that so bear with me for just one moment here there's that didn't work there we go there we go I'm almost ready there we go transition alright so some are driving so I'm Rick Auguste PhD and I can't answer comments during the slideshow presentation but I'll get back to those as soon as we get going here so because I need another screen here to put my YouTube up actually I'm gonna try something different here so just one sec no that won't work no I need another I need another screen so okay so some are driving down to the next slide here there we go for those of you who are new to smart drive test I'm Rick auguste I do have a PhD in legal history particularly as it relates to policing and traffic and I went to the University of Melbourne in Australia between 2003 and graduated in 2006 so I'm an alumni and this picture of me here while I was driving Greyhound before I went to the University of Melbourne to do my graduate degree and I drove buses for greyhound for a year on what's called the boomerang coast in Australia the boomerang coast is between Adelaide Melbourne Canberra and Sydney and Brisbane that's the Adelaide coast are the boomerang coast rather and in Australia 75% of the population lives on the boomerang coast it's like here in Canada for 75 percent of the Canadian population lives along the 49th parallel so it's similar in Australia I became a licensed driving instructor in 1997 in an attempt to get off the road I was an over-the-road truck driver for most of the 1990s and wanted to come off the road because it's very challenging lifestyle and I was pretty much done with driving truck at that point and I became a licensed driving instructor my specialty is in air brakes and commercial vehicles but I also you got to be a car driving instructor as well to teach that so not sure what happened there there we go hit the wrong button okay so summer months we're talking about summer driving obviously we have longer days more sunshine so there's more prone to a lot more fatigue because we have longer days and those types of things is going to be a lot more traffic on the roadways and those types things because as I used to say when I was driving truck you know all the goofy people knew to stay home in the wintertime when the weather was bad and the summer they just go out and to drive around and people are driving a lot more miles there's a lot more vehicles on the road and this is also one of the contributing factors to higher numbers of crashes the other thing about some are driving is a lot more people are taking recreational drugs with the legalization of marijuana here coming in Canada that's going to be an interesting transition for us more people are drinking and unfortunately despite what authorities would like us to believe about the elimination or the reduction of drinking and driving a lot more people are still drinking and driving in the summertime and there's a higher number of crashes so I come back to defensive driving and for those you might be interested the defensive driving course is on for ten dollars over at my website triple W smart drive test comm and you go over and try that out for ten dollars and take the defensive driving course and the fundamental component of defensive driving and driving well is managing the space around your vehicle and that's one of the things that I talk about it's one of the main thrusts of my defensive driving course so know that that you're at higher risk of being involved in a crash in the summertime now getting ready for summer if you haven't already done this clean your vehicle out clean the inside cleaning the outside and a cleaner vehicle makes you feel safer and as well make sure that it's in good mechanical order check all the fluid levels check your windshield wipers and because you can get into thunderstorms and hail and those types of things in the summertime and you don't want to find out that your windshield wipers are defective or you know poor quality and they need to be replaced so check all of that and especially because we're driving in the hot weather in the summertime I mean now here in the Okanagan Valley it's getting up to 35 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit so you want to check the coolant level of your vehicle because it's going to be working hard especially if you're on highways and those types of things and as well if you have the air conditioning on as many of us are going to have air conditioning on in our vehicle so your vehicle is going to be working it even harder some of the safe driving habits that you can put in place in the summertime are looking farther down the road and predicting the traffic patterns if you can predict and understand the traffic patterns that are happening farther down the road it will allow you to understand and know the individual road users what they are going to be you doing on the roadway and we talk about road users because we have many different kinds of road users we have pedestrians cyclists people on scooters motorcyclists riders on bicycles trucks trams trolleys passenger vehicles there's a lot of different vehicles on the roadway keep your eyes moving while you're driving scanning your mirrors looking far down the road checking your instrument panel checking – both sides of the road figuring out what bicycles and pedestrians are doing on the roadway make sure that other road users and drivers see you on the roadway get eye contact with them leave yourself and out as I said earlier here when I was answering one of the questions always leave yourself and out because it's faster to drive out of an emergency situation that it is to break out of an emergency situation oftentimes if you're relying on your brakes to stop in the event of an emergency oftentimes you're not going to get stopped also know that most vehicles in this day and age unless you're in some other country somewhere are going to have ABS brakes and that's going to be very different than standard braking and if you don't know how to know whether your vehicle has ABS brakes Koryo put the video up for you on ABS brakes to understand how they work and how to know whether you have ABS brakes on your vehicle and that was important to figure out if you do and I would also suggest you on the topic of ABS brakes anti-lock brake systems if you haven't used them go out somewhere on a quiet road or in a parking lot or something like that get your vehicle up to 30 or 40 kilometers an hour and then hammer on the brakes and engage the ABS so you know what's going to happen when you get into an emergency situation because you don't want to get into an emergency situation and not figure out what's going on with your ABS brakes okay and as well get the big picture so when they say get the picture what's going on 360 degrees around your vehicle what's going on both shoulders of the road are there animals that it got broken out in a pasture or something like that so get the big picture look behind you in scanning and keeping a good sort of bead on what's going around on around your vehicle that video just keeps light keep showing up I need to delete that okay so summertime we have smaller vulnerable road users on the roadway motorcycles and bicycles and we have some of these people on these bicycles the three wheeler and their down low and I find those extremely dangerous that would I just personally wouldn't Hut beyond one but unfortunately they're on our roadways and the new road user on our roadways 'as people with mobility challenges who are on scooters and those types of things so have a look out for all of these vulnerable road users especially at night now we have bicycles on our roadways and unfortunately not all bicycle riders are good riders they don't have lights and reflective clothing and they're gonna be wearing dark clothing so have a look at for those people especially at night in and around city areas and whatnot and keep yourself safe emergency vehicles there's going to be more emergency vehicles in the summertime and you're going to encounter these so move over to the closer shoulder most places now have implemented move over laws that if these people tow truck drivers and police and ambulance and fire trucks are on the side of the road you need to move over to the other side of the roadway as much as possible so for example if they're on the right side of the road you're going to need to move over to the left as far as possible and slow down and if they're on the left side of the road you're going to need to move over to the right as much as possible so the other thing about emergency vehicles is know that they're going to travel in groups so if an ambulance comes out maybe 30 seconds 2 minutes later a fire truck is going to come out or the police are going to come out or the search and rescue vehicles so know that these vehicles are going to travel in groups if you're on a highway or an interstate know that you're probably not going to get it over and get stopped if you are on a road test you're going to need to do that because on a road test you're not going to be successful if you don't get over and get stopped however if you're driving in regular traffic and you already have your license in the emergence of you comes along just try to move over as much as you can and slow down and let the vehicle get through as long as you clear a path then you're going to be ok now if you're sitting in an intersection in congested traffic or something like that just stay where you are and the emergency vehicle will figure out where it needs to go to get through the intersection oftentimes they'll go out into the other Lane right on the other side of the roadway to get through the intersection but try not to be unpredictable around emergency vehicles and those types of things if you're in a roundabout or an intersection you may have to turn or go through the and then move over but you just need to clear a path for the emergency vehicles and know that and whatnot all right so long weekend travel we got lots of long weekends coming up in the summertime I think we have won almost every month here in Canada and as well there in the United States and know that traffic is going to be busy for example last week I come out of Vancouver on a Sunday it wasn't a long weekend but it was still busy and you know you got people who are driving in the in the fast lane the passing lane so to speak and there they're just not going as fast as you'd like them you got to take your time and you got to just hang back main manage your space and you know take some patience because we all get a little frustrated with other vehicles that are impeding our progress or at least we feel that they're impeding our progress so manage your space you know just relax and take your time and then you'll get where you need to go now know that if you're driving in the wee hours of the morning after midnight 2:00 a

m in the morning and those types of things that there is a good very high possibility that there could be other people on the roadway who are drinking and driving so know that as well take your time take lots of breaks when you're on long road trips and those types of things and if you're going camping and you're on along it's a long distance and whatnot take a break every couple of hours get out walk around and those types of things and as they said in terms of defensive driving and manage the space around your vehicle keep good following distance 2 to 3 seconds minimum under ideal conditions and when the conditions deteriorate either the weather deteriorates it starts to rain there's denser traffic those types of things then increase your following distance even more you always control the space in front of your vehicle and I know people are saying well other people get in there and they cut you off if other people move into that space in front of you they want to go faster than you and it very quickly they're gonna be gone so you just reclaim your space again and then you're going to be in a good defensive posturing to stay safe all right so traveling in the summertime other things that are going to indicate to you that other people are from out of state out of province they're not from where you live bumper stickers particularly rental car bumper stickers budget Avis all of the rental car agencies will have bumper stickers in the back of the car so look for those those will tell you that people are traveling or vacationing in and around your area out-of-state license plates are out of province license plates here in British Columbia we have the invasion of the Reds in the summertime all the vacationers and tourists come from Alberta and they have red license plates these people are going to act unpredictably on your roadway because they don't know where they're going okay rental car stickers already talked about that what I should be talking about is travel trailers Tooley's those types of things that the vehicle is packed with all kinds of camping gear and roof racks and those types of things again these people are not probably going to be knowing where they're going and they may act unpredictably on the roadway so give them lots of space it's like what we talked about at the beginning with the trucks give them lots of space don't hang out beside them in those types of things because potentially they could act unpredictably and know that okay and they may be if their speed is going up and going down and going up and they're not maintaining a consistent space they may be looking for an exit or something like that okay and the four components of passing a road test are also applicable to defensive driving speed management space management observation and communication and keep all this in mind when you're driving in the summertime to keep yourself safe and not get involved in a crash and the last thing that I'm going to talk about here is towing trailers okay make sure you take wide turns you can see the picture on the top there where the driver took the turn too short and pull the trailer into the ditch that happens okay know the height of your vehicle and almost fuel canopies are going to be high enough for you get a truck and trailer in under there however some of them are going to be lower and you're going to run into them edges of buildings and those types of things air conditioning units hanging off the side of the building like to take bites out of big units RV units trucks and trailers and those types of things so know that know the height of your vehicle and stay away from overhead objects and then finally the problem with this truck on the bottom here is is that truck is probably not is not heavy enough to pull that trailer in the mountains it's probably going to be alright on the flat but in the mountains that truck probably is going to overheat the transmissions going to overheat it's not going to be capable of pulling a bigger trailer so make sure that your vehicle is has the correct specifications for you to pull a trailer especially if you're going to be running for long distances or you're going to be running in mountainous or hilly terrains here in British Columbia you see lots and lots of pickup trucks on the side of the road because they blew the transmission out of it because the transmission overheated because they didn't pay attention to how much the trailer weight the other thing is is that loaded weight is very different from empty weight on it on a camper trailer you got to know many of these trailers will have a 50 gallon water tank if you fill that 50 gallon water tank that's a difference of 500 pounds and 500 pounds could make the difference between the trailer being too heavy on your truck and there's core you can put up the playlist here for us on trailers and how to know whether your trailers within weight specs and those types of things but make sure that that's another consideration and I'm just touching on that for those of you who may be venturing in towing trailers this summer okay and then finally in the summer time construction and potholes construction crews know that you have to follow the detour signs you have to follow the instructions of flaggers on our roadways and unfortunately here in British Columbia we've had some injuries and some deaths of flaggers because car drivers have not been paying attention take your time how patients know that we are in construction season and that you're going to encounter construction so know that and then finally animals on the roadway know this is going to be a hazard at night in this in the summertime particularly here in British Columbia other places in the United States and in Canada and you know Australia and whatnot there are going to be animals on the roadway so take some caution about that we can talk about that a little bit more in questions answers here okay so good luck on your road tests good luck in your travels this summer to have great vacations and be safe manage the space around your vehicle in that way it's your you're gonna be okay while you're driving alright so just switch back here just bear with me here one second will answer some more questions all right there we go okay exnihilo check the headlight fluid yes that's important on for summer travels check the headlight fluids that's funny all right what else we got here all about vehicles hey how's it going awesome welcome back glad you could make it there we go okay there we go there we go cinnamon gum there you go Hall face live chat and top chat I still don't know what that is Hall face I know what live chat is that's what we're doing right now waiting at the left lane on red and the lane Yule turned into his one-way lane should you firstly make a full stop and then proceed when the traffic light is safe on red we can only wait yes Jenny you have to stop on a red light no matter what it is before you proceed okay there we go cinnamon gum yes so when his users driving a sunny day more accidents happen when conditions are bad and rainy less accidents happens that's correct Hall phase believe it or not and there's actually newspaper articles I can show you a newspaper article citizen traffic crashes reduced by 75% in bad weather because people are paying attention in bad weather yeah it's kind of weird it's also there's also an effect called the rebound effect that when people have safer vehicles they have power brakes ABS brakes you know power steering all those types of things airbags and whatnot that they drive faster they drive more aggressively and it's called the rebound effect it's the same it's a similar effect that people who have a house and then they insulate the house they will turn the heat up more when it's insulated because they think they're going to save money and it actually negates them putting insulation in the house all right Prine a what is the safest lane on the highway right or left are they both the same prey nay no they're not both the same if if you're gonna drive the speed limit you want to be in the right lane if you're going to keep up with the flow of traffic and you need to pass other vehicles then go in the passing lane if there's three lanes of traffic you want to drive in the center lane that's the best lane for you to drive in because the vehicles on the right on the inside lane are going to be turning all the time and they're going to be getting into that lane to turn so they're gonna slow you down the best lane to be in is definitely the center lane if there's three lanes but if you're you know if you're driving the the speed limit stay in the right lane if you're driving and passing then you want to be in the left lane James when I'm driving on the freeway I saw a motorbike zoom past me at 200 plus kilometers yeah Paul Feig's that's going to happen unfortunately some of those motorcycles are pretty crazy Grayson yes I came upon a giant bore and it was a busy road Grayson where are you that you have pores and I probably drive around it but that's me crazy ah yes relaxing music for sure okay cause smash I'm doing my driving test with a Chevy Silverado truck the problems that kind of see over my shoulder when I'm doing my turn yeah you asked me this question of the day I apologize I didn't get back to you sooner about that no cosmos what are you trying to what you're turning your head too much you just need to turn your head 90 degrees to look out that window beside you there that's all you need to do just 90 degrees you don't need to look farther than that okay there we go okay rush girl are you supposed to signal in a roundabout yes rush girl Corps you'll get the video for you here on roundabouts but essentially you want a signal going into the roundabout the same as you would with a conventional intersection you're gonna turn left signal left and if you can if it's practicable you want a signal going out of the roundabout and just a little bit of practice when you get in the roundabout you're going left when you get to the exit that you're gonna take just signal right and move out of the out of the out of the roundabout now you are when rush girl you're talking about roundabouts here in North America are you talking about roundabouts in Great Britain Australia or somewhere else just let me know that in the comments there okay Cory Cory Cory Cory unless otherwise indicated you may turn left from a one-way street to a one-way street on a red light after stopping and yielding the right-of-way too pedestrian another traffic there you go from yes and that is the same here in British Columbia what Cory said there okay you're most welcome there you go and turn yes so I'm taking it rush girl that you are here in North America okay perfect alright so and Cory's also put up the video on here on how to tow a trailer correctly and safely towing capacity and whatnot and yeah there we go Paul Feig's give trucks and huge vehicles a lot of space yes and I do I'm on board with that if you have large vehicles RVs buses trucks and trailers you hauls anything like that that has is a bigger vehicle and has huge blind spots around it yes give them a lot of space get around them as quickly as possible don't hang out beside them don't hang out behind them get by them as quickly as possible and carry on with your life okay blessed one how often do you do a live stream when you usually post a video out okay so bless it this is a great question because as some of my smart drivers who were some of my super users know I've been a little bit absent in the last couple of months and I'll tell you the reason for that I'm gonna be very honest with you here I've been struggling with my YouTube channel for the last eight weeks and the reason for that is in April I did a video every day in April it was Veda video every day in April and I worked really hard and it probably wasn't the best thing for me to do to do a video every day but what happened with the consequences of that was is that the video that the channel overall dropped off it really dropped off but I don't think it was because I was making a video every day I think it was just the season like my my channel has definitive seasons by the end of August my channel is just going to explode because many people are getting their license they're going back to school they're getting ready they want to get their license before they head back to school and those types of things but what subsequently what happened was is that I got it really demoralized me and I just wasn't feeling motivated and as well there were a few other things going on I was trying to redefine my channel and it just hit fifty thousand subscribers I was doing really well but I just felt that I needed to do the videos better and I was getting a lot of feedback from people I did talk to Tim Schmoyer I booked a consulting session with him and I talked to him and there was some new channel art that came out of that there's a new intro that came out of that and I've been trying to figure out if my channel what if what I'm doing is actually working and I think that what I'm doing is actually working and my daughter's in the window just over there making faces at me trying to break my concentration and I finally had a ha ha moment today and what happened was is that my my good mate Alex and I who were business partners actually we're talking about home and garden shows these these home renovation shows where they come in and then a half an hour they show you how to completely renovate a house and you know my competitor one of my main competitors that a lot of my smart drivers go over and see cameo for steals easy Driving's videos and he's got these little five-minute videos that show you how to drive how do you do things it does exactly what I do except my i'm not the same i'm very much long videos i'd go in great detail about what i show you and i realized today in that kind of haha moment that what i'm doing is very different in terms of a teaching style from what cameo Fasil does and you know i lose a certain amount of people because my videos aren't 5 minutes if i feel that that the topic that i'm addressing is a longer topic for example fear and anxiety is not something that you can treat in five minutes fear and anxiety is something very real for a lot of people it's a half an hour video and i feel that i'm helping a lot of people by having these longer videos and so today i had that aha moment i'm not going to show you how to renovate a house and a half an hour video i'm not going to show you how to learn how to drive in a half an hour video in a five minute video because you can't learn how to drive in five minutes driving is hard work it's a incredibly complex skill so finally after a couple of months of really contemplating what i'm doing and you know the direction that i want my channel to go i'm I'm gonna make my videos better there's no doubt about that but i'm also going to continue do what I need to do and if a topic needs to be treated longer I'm gonna give you a longer video and that's I think you know that's the feedback that I'm getting that it's working and that's what I'm gonna do and I do apologize that there having been videos in the last couple of months but I think I'm revitalized here and I figured out what I want the videos to do so blessed one live stream every Sunday 6 pm and there's going to be one video a week on Wednesdays I'm gonna put a new video up on Wednesday so that's what I'm gonna do ok so rush girl is there in upstate New York that's really great and just no rush girl they do have a few different rules there excuse me in New York so Cosmo is your most welcome Scott I'm going to be getting my CDL in late August is it hard to get a job in the oil patch with no CDL experience Scott its you can get a job in the oil patch without any experience but you're gonna have to do some work you're gonna have to do some networking you'd have to talk to a lot of people to get a job I it can be done it's not easy and Cory will get you the videos here on Bill Walker who's a good mate of mine actually was a former student of mine he went he finished his course with me on a Thursday and the next Tuesday his work in the oil fields Ben I'll tell you right now Bill talked to a lot of people before he started working up in the oil field so know that you just got to do a lot of networking ok Hall phase do you think slower speed limits reduce the chance of being involved in a crash will just increase being rear-ended Hall phase I don't think that lower speed limits are the solution to crashing I as I said the the fundamentals of my defensive driving course and again as I said the defensive driving course is on at smart drive test right now for ten dollars so you can go and take that the thrust of my defensive driving course is space management because what I tell drivers if you are not near anything it's less likely you're going to hit something so it it's really about space management I think you can drive at higher speeds but where people get into trouble is the other two reasons for crashes the top three reasons for crashes are speeding following too close and failing to yield a lot of drivers think oh I have the right-of-way and they go and they and as I say the the the right-of-way is never taken the right-of-way is always given so a lot of times you got to give up and let other drivers go okay you've got to give up the right-of-way all right all right okay nope Naruto there we go hall phase yeah hall phase it was yeah Veda was Veda was a great social experience Laura hi Laura how are you Blessed One blessed one it's no I felt that I needed to say that because the other thing that happened blessed one was last week as well I missed the live stream and I felt really bad about that and I wanted to apologize to all the smart drivers about that because you know I this is this is my job and you know you guys if it wasn't for all the smart drivers out there this channel wouldn't happen right I can't do this without you and you know I have I take my that responsibility I take that responsibility very seriously so yeah I just I wanted to be honest with you I want to tell you what was going on because I think I think that's important okay and thank you so much blessed one and Scott okay so you've seen bills videos that's really great so that's that's basically all you do have to do Scott and the other thing I'm gonna say to you Scott if you're gonna do your CDL in the in August and you're gonna start working in the patch and bill will say this to you as well is get your license start looking for a job in the patch even before you get your license even before you go to truck driving school because that way you can start talking to people and you can say you know if you when you when you call somebody and you start talking to them and they say well I don't have a job you say listen do you do you know someone else I can talk to you because all these people in the patch they all know each other right and the other thing I would suggest to you Scott is to get get in touch with Bill he's on Facebook just send me a note and I'll send it on to Bill and Bill's more than happy to put you in touch with somebody and that way you can you can start talking to people and you can get a feel for it before you even get there and if you're gonna get your license in August Scott I would really strongly suggest that you want to get it you want to get up a job in the patch in September because you want to get up there before the fall before you hit the mud you want a bit of experience driving in the patch before you hit the mud I'll tell you that for sure okay all right yeah yeah Hall phase I missed the live stream last week so I do apologize about that I just I've got a few things going on in my personal life here and I missed it so it won't happen again if I do if I don't get to the live stream I'm gonna put out a notification and let everybody know that I won't be there for the light because I am I am planning to take a couple of weeks holidays this summer but anyway all good okay Sebastian thank you so much Sebastian I love your comment on spacing rexo spot-on experienced drivers could get complacent in this areas I know cuz I have and yes and Sebastian I Drive with good friend of mine and when he pulls up in traffic he pulls right up to the bumper of the other vehicles you know and I get uncomfortable when other drivers do that but I know one thing is a driving instructor that when you're in the vehicle with your friends and those types of things unless you unless they're actually paying you don't comment on their driving and especially if it's your significant other do not comment on their driving unless they're paying you okay so there we go key about to drive on the freeway the first time tomorrow as part of over exposure therapy to get over my exam anxiety any tips thank you okay so key that's excellent I'm really happy to hear that you're confronting that challenge and you're working to overcome it now when you get on the freeway do the speed limit on the freeway and stay in the right lane now key you're in North America somewhere you're going to be driving on the right side of the road so drive in that right lane good space management so two to three seconds under ideal conditions you know those types of things if you are looking down the road and you see other traffic and whatnot you know get out to pass and whatnot but if you're doing this the the the posted speed limit most of the time you're going to be able to drive in that right lane and you're not going to be able to move to move over to pass and whatnot now are you going out key with somebody who's a driving instructor or somebody else is gonna help you with that for your first time to get out there excellent thanks so much Scott I'm glad that you're watching the videos and you're getting going here and Scott if you need any help with anything or there's anything that you're not having you're having some challenges with in terms of getting your CDL ace license for sure let us know here all right okay cause mass one more questions can the tester pull you up from the parking spot even if you don't complete your parallel parking he has to let you complete your try ah cause mass yes they're gonna let you finish you try in terms of your parallel park now one of the things that I say in the parallel park video is that if you hit the curb you're not gonna fail now what I mean by that let me clarify this because I've had a few comments from smart drivers if you touch the curb and you know that you touch the curb and then you pull forward and you correct you're not gonna fail on that point however if you if you really hit the kerb then you're gonna fail if that if the body rocks on the chassis you've struck the curb if you strike the curb you're gonna fail your road test if you push the back tire up over the curb you're gonna fail your road test but if you just touch the curb and you know that you touched it and then you pull forward and adjust you're not gonna fail for that okay you'll lose a couple of points but you're not gonna fail okay okay key you're gonna drive with your friend that's really great so you got somebody else to go that's gonna give you some support and those types of things so key what I suggest you is just to ask your friend unless you have specific questions just ask your friend to not say too much to you and let you focus on what you're doing in those types of things and again if you become overwhelmed key just get off at the next exit you know stop the vehicle take a break get out walk around and then you know have another go I don't want not but anyway and definitely you know let me know how that goal is gonna be really you know hope that it goes well for you I'm sure it will okay Dorcas thanks for all your tips you're most welcome Hall phase also the semi-trucks videos are you still going to do that yes I am going to do that Hall phase I'm going to get going on that I'm regrouping after a couple of months of just really you know stepping back from the channel and whatnot excellent haul phase drive motorcycles yes we're gonna get going on that ah yes thank you halt phase for helping me remember all the stuff I need to read you and the other thing on that point halt phase of that video on the motorcycles that I'm going to redo I'm gonna start redoing some of these videos because now that I've learned more about how to do videos and how to do videos better and you know trying to reconsider all this stuff about what I'm doing and what my competitor cameo Fasil is doing I can incorporate some of the stuff that he's doing and make my videos better so I'm gonna sort of you know come up with a new meld and I'm gonna improve so yes all of that's really great we're gonna get all that done that's really awesome alright so key you're in California yep you're gonna do great so just stay in that right-hand Lane and let us know how it goes it's gonna be really great uh Scott I don't actually have a school I teach all my stuff online now where are you Scott in Canada that are you in Canada you and North are in the United States that you're gonna be doing your license Scott just let me know that and I'll be able to give you more a little bit more information about what you're gonna do in those types of things yeah so we're just gonna start winding down here we're getting close to the hour in terms of finishing up okay now just CDL licenses most of the time it takes sort of four to six weeks to finish up a CDL license that's about the time that it takes for you to learn the five basic components of driving you've probably seen the video but the five basic components of a tractor-trailer license are turning pre-trip inspection shifting hook and unhook and then backing and those first three are the real major components the turning pre-trip inspection and shifting those are the three based challenges that you're gonna have when you go to learn how to drive a tractor trailer and then the last two are the minor components which are hook and unhook coupling and uncoupling then backing up and the backing up is going to depend on which licensing Center you go to because there's different requirements for different licensing centers for example when I worked in London Ontario they had to back around the corner on a right on a right turn so it was on the on the site side of the truck here in Vernon Burgess Columbia they only got a backup street for a hundred feet and when I was in Victoria British Columbia they had to do a parallel park so it depends on which licensing Center you're going to on how difficult the back is up so it's going to be different in different places all right Anita when you get your license how long should you drive on your own sorry Anita I'm not sure what you're asking me how long should you how long should you drive before before you go for your license is that what you're asking me you need okay so Scott so you're in New Brunswick so Scott is what's gonna happen in New Brunswick there's yeah it's probably gonna be four to six weeks depending on the course that you're going to be taking I don't think that the they haven't brought the truck driving rules in the new into New Brunswick that they've brought in to in Canada or in Ontario rather in Ontario they brought it up to like a hundred hours or some crazy number that you have to go to driving school so I think it's a little bit different okay Laura yes definitely night driving tips and choreo get the video for you on night driving but just quickly on night driving one of the things that you need to know Laura the farther you get away from cities and urban areas the less light there is going to be less ambient light from street lights and buildings and those types of things so the more reliance you're going to on your headlights look for markers at night so there's lots of reflection reflective markers along the roadway that are going to guide you spits specifically on busier roads and those types of things most of the time traffic is going to drive on the roadways to follow the other traffic look for traffic signs because most of the time traffic signs are going to be reflective and they're going to be near the roadway so that's going to be able to help you to find the roadway at night as well look for the geography if you're driving through wooded areas look up at the sky just like glanced up at the sky and you can see the tree cut where the roadway is cut through the forest and you can find out where the roadway is going at night as well so those are some basic techniques as well turn your dash lights down as much as possible because we all have night vision our eyes become accustomed to night driving and if you turn the dash lights down that's going to cause it's going to reduce the amount of fatigue on your eyes so do that as well and there's the video core you got that up for you so have a look at that blessed one yes I'm definitely going to do a replay I put all the videos up so it usually takes a couple of hours before YouTube processes the video and then I put it up for you to have a look at okay you are most welcome Laura all right so Scott if you are already used to driving with a big 5th wheel that you're gonna be leaps and bounds ahead of the sort of the the pack in terms of driving a truck and trailer because you're already customed to backing up a trailer and all of the skills and techniques of backing up your 5th wheel apply to a truck and trailer a tractor-trailer unit it's just the bigger unit and you need more space and those types of things but you you're already ahead of the game because you already know how to use the mirrors you already know all the skills backing up on those types of things so all that's going to help you of all face when I head out to Ontario this summer I'll definitely look you up halt phase and we can have a go in the in the big truck and we'll get you going there all right so yes and there you go so bricks for wheels as as Corey said they're all of the livestreams there is a playlist for Smart Sunday and all the live streams are here and they're all archived on the channel here so you can definitely have a look at those and I'm gonna do a better job of getting those catalogued and actually putting when I put the presentation in where that starts and where that ends some people the longer videos I've always put the menu items down in the description so you can just click to certain parts of the video for example the fear and anxiety video which is a half an hour and it's 8 tips on reducing fear and anxiety each one of those tips is in the description and you'll find that all the longer videos have a table of contents that you can skip to that part of the video ok so know that for the longer videos on the channel here alright ok I need it um when you get your driver's license you what I would say is just as soon as you know within a couple of hours you can start driving in your own I do strongly encourage you to let somebody else drive you home after you get your license because you're all excited and you're ramped up and you may not be paying to paying attention to your driving as much as possible and actually we had a rule in the driving schools that after students pass the road test they didn't get to drive back from the licensing Center and I'll tell you a story about that I took this student down to get his road test and I actually hadn't trained this student I was just taking him down to the the licensing Center and he did his road test and he was in the fire truck because he was working for the volunteer fire department he was volunteering so I didn't drive the fire truck back after he passed his road test because I thought well you know he's driving the fire truck and I better not drive the fire truck bla bla bla so we come back drive back to the fire station we drive around the back of the building we come up to the front he pulls up in front of the door where he's gonna back the truck in he puts it into reverse and backs up and proceeds to backing to the door this gets better so I said well oh that didn't go well so then he pulled forward and he went oh I forgot to open the door and he pushes the automatic garage door opener so yes it's never a good idea to let students who are successful on the road test drive home immediately after passing the road test because they're not completely there okay and it's not exactly their fault so there you go anyway so Anita yes just take a couple hours go home have a celebration you know and maybe later that day you know you can go out and drive on your own and those types things but if you got a little fear and a bit of fear and anxiety about driving on your own definitely drive on the back roads definitely drive in places where you have less traffic and those types of things until you get more comfortable and you feel more comfortable with your skills and those types of things so there you go okay so Hall phase you're gonna get a video this week on Wednesday I promise I will get one up on Wednesday for you and we're gonna get going here on this again we're gonna get back on the channel we're gonna get going because there's lots of people who are going for the road test lots of people learning how to drive and lots of people want defensive driving and all of those types of things so we're gonna wrap it up there and again for anybody who's interested in the defensive driving course I got it up over at my website it's on for ten dollars right now you can go over there and pick that up and as well I'm working hard to get the air brakes explained simply booked up and I've got it in with the graphic designer next week it's going into the proofreader so I'm hoping that the air brakes explain simply book will be out by the end of July and that's what we're working on so that's everything and I do really appreciate everybody having you know supporting me and reminding me and getting me going all this stuff ok Scott I said something you said you have a PhD what subject Scott my PhD is in legal history so it's in policing so legal history is the study of courts prisons and policing in my area of expertise is policing specifically as it relates to traffic often enough so and so you could kind of say that it's in traffic safety so that's what my PhD is and it went to the University of Melbourne so it's interesting I I'm that nerd that gets really excited about traffic and and driver behavior and Road user behavior so I really say that my expertise is in road user behavior and I do a fair bit of post crash analysis as well that's the other thing that I do okay do you know any smart drivers who drove in the 1970s actually Hall phase I do get a few people who drove in the 1970s some truck drivers and whatnot who talked about driving the old five and fours and whatnot so yeah koto trucks hi there Anita thanks so thank you everybody for showing up tonight congratulations to everybody who's passed in the last couple of weeks if you haven't seen it already definitely check out the map of success I don't know why it took me so long but now everybody who's passed the road tests and tells me that on the YouTube channel I have a map of success I put them on the map and last week I was it was I was really excited because we had somebody from Taiwan and we we've also had somebody from Iceland so it's been very exciting lots of people in North America who pass road tests in Hawaii and whatnot but it's really great so last week we had somebody from Taiwan and they're on there as well alright okay so yes and they're Cory's put up the link for the defensive driving course good night haul face have a great great night and good luck to everybody who's passing off key good luck with driving on the freeway tomorrow and remember pick the best answer not necessarily the right answer have a great night I know

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Street Safe Ep. 07 – Cab Drivers and U

Welcome back, welcome back! Here’s the situation: A cyclist (me) is cruising down the road in a bike lane when… here comes the cab A taxi driver u-turns to pick up a fare

This U-turn was legal The driver waited for the traffic on their side of the road to stop and I had enough space to safely come to a stop as well That doesn’t change the fact that everyone here knows what the driver did was wrong I’ll turn up the audio a bit While I appreciate the apology, this pedestrian should have known a cab driver traveling the opposite direction would U-turn

But maybe this person had higher expectations Maybe they thought the driver would follow what the the MTO Driver’s Handbook says “To make a U-turn, signal for a right turn, check your mirror and over your shoulder and pull over to the right side of the road Stop Signal a left turn and when traffic is clear in both directions, move forward and turn quickly and sharply into the opposite lane Check for traffic as you turn

” The cab driver did very little of this but there was no collision so there were no clear violations of the Highway Traffic Act However, what should have happened here is that the pedestrian should have waited to hail a cab traveling on their side of the road If you hail a cab five lanes over and traveling the opposite direction in heavy traffic they’ll still come to you You can expect them to do that Remember to like, subscribe and share with that friend that doesn’t understand the consequences of their actions

And if you’ve got something you’d like me to cover or just to point out why I’m wrong Get at me

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