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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