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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