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You Are The Driver. You are part of a system Your Driving Task Your Driving Responsibilities Your Driver’s License. The Highway Transportation System. The Purpose of the HTS. The purpose of the HTS is to move people and cargo from point A to point B safely and efficiently . .

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you are the driver
You Are The Driver

You are part of a system

Your Driving Task

Your Driving Responsibilities

Your Driver’s License

the purpose of the hts
The Purpose of the HTS
  • The purpose of the HTS is to move people and cargo from point A to point B safely and efficiently.
regulating the hts
Regulating The HTS
  • Laws are passed to make up the vehicle code.
  • Enforcement agencies assure that laws are obeyed.
  • Motor vehicle departments set rules to assure that driver and vehicle standards are met.
  • Courts decide whether drivers charged with violating the laws are guilty or innocent.
  • Highway traffic engineers plan, build, and maintain roadways.
  • National Highway Safety Act
    • Created guidelines for motor vehicle safety programs.
      • Vehicle registration
      • Driver licensing
      • Traffic courts
      • Highway construction and maintenance
  • National Highway Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety act
    • Auto makers install certain safety features into each car.
      • Safety Belts
driving task
Driving Task
  • Mental Skills: task that involves decision making
  • Social Skills: interact successfully with people, obey traffic laws, and make an effort to work with people.
  • Physical Skills: Physical skills of driving
reducing conflicts by being defensive
Reducing Conflicts by Being Defensive
  • IPDE Process: process of seeing, thinking, and responding.
      • Important info.
      • When and where possible points of conflict will occur.
    • DECIDE
      • When, where, and how to avoid conflict
      • The right actions to avoid conflict
other systems that will help you use the ipde system
Other systems that will help you use the IPDE system
  • Smith System: Organized method designed to help drivers develop good seeing habits.
  • Zone Control System: Method for managing the space around your vehicle.
  • Commentary Driving: The process of “thinking out loud” Saying out loud the IPDE process.
your driving responsibility
Your Driving Responsibility
  • Right vsPrivelage….
  • Collision vs Accident
  • Top 3 reasons for Collision for teenagers
    • Immaturity
    • Inexperience
    • Distratctions
  • Attitude
legal responsibilities
Legal Responsibilities
  • Laws
    • Obey all traffic laws
  • Collisions
    • By law, any driver involved in a collision must stop
financial responsibilities
Financial Responsibilities
  • Operating Costs
    • Costs for fuel, oil, and tires
  • Fixed Costs
    • Purchase price of car, licensing fees, and insurance
  • Crash Costs
    • Responsible for paying for any injuries, and property damage caused.
environmental responsibilities
Environmental Responsibilities
  • All drivers have a responsibility to help manage the environmental threats.
    • Buy and maintain fuel efficient vehicles
    • Use fuel efficient driving habits
    • Use car pools
    • Recycle used materials
    • Work for strong policies
responsibilities to yourself and others
Responsibilities to Yourself and Others
  • Making rational decisions
  • Common courtesy
  • Control anger and frustration
  • Say “no” to negative peer pressure
  • According to the CDC drivers age 16-19 have a higher risk of MVC…. 4x higher.
    • Males
      • In 2006, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19 was  almost two times that of their female counterparts.
    • Teens
      • The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
    • New Drivers
      • Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.
common reasons for collisions
Common Reasons for Collisions
  • Following another vehicle too closely.
  • Driving too fast for conditions.
  • Not wearing safety belts.
  • Driving after drinking or using drugs.
  • Driving while very tired.
  • What do they all have in common?
factors that put teen drivers at risk
Factors that put teen drivers at risk
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
  • Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 37% were speeding at the time of the crash and 26% had been drinking.
  • In 2008, nearly three out of every four teen drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.
  • In 2008, half of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight and 56% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
graduated driver licensing
Graduated Driver Licensing
  • Requires young drivers to progress through a series of licensing stages.
  • LP Stage:
    • Drives when supervised by an adult
    • Permit must be held for a minimum of 9 months.
    • 50 hours of practiced driving @ home, 10 hours must be at night.
  • Intermediate License Stage
    • Complete LP stage and approved DE course
    • Night driving restricted
    • Passenger restriction
    • Collision-free and violation free
    • Penalties for violations are increased
  • Full privilege LS
    • Successfully complete the intermediate LS with no violations and no collisions