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Smith System

NADTA Smith System

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What are the three primary benefits the Smith System provides? Space for the vehicle Visibility for the driver Time to make decisions Visibility for the driver Time to make decisions
Space is? for the vehicle
Visibility is? for the driver
Time is? to make decisions
What does S + V = T mean? Space for the vehicle + Visibility for the driver = Time to make decisions
Learning and applying the System provide positive results. Can you name at least three? Reduce collision potential Fuel consumption will be minimized Vehicles maintenance expense will come down Insurance costs may be less Anxiety and frustration associated with driving can be reduced
What are the key elements of safe driving? Space Visibility Time
What is Key 1? Aim High in Steering
What is Key 2? Get the Big Picture
What is Key 3? Keep Your Eyes Moving
What is Key 4? Leave Yourself an Out
What is Key 5? Make Sure They See You
Name two principles for Key 5 Seek eye contact Use your warning devices such as Horn. Turn signals, Head lights, 4 ways, Brake lights Proper timing is essential. Don’t put signal on to soon Do not take eye contact for granted Eye contact is valuable but is no guarantee
Name two principles for Key 1 Look ahead a minimum of 15 seconds. Our eyes are designed to work at walking speeds
Name two principles for Key 2? While scanning ahead, don't forget the sides and rear. (far to near, ditch to ditch) Constantly update your information Check at least one of your mirrors every 5 to 8 seconds Do not focus on insignificant objects Eliminate vision barriers by establishing a minimum 4 second following distance Achieve a 360 degree circle of awareness
Name two principles for Key 3? Scan all intersections before entering Keep your eyes moving every 2 seconds Eye activity simulates the brain Avoid distractions in your vehicle and your thinking Recognize and avoid drivers who seem distracted Avoid fix or blanked stares Avoid focusing on an object more than 2 seconds
Name two principles for Key 4? Surround your vehicle with space Avoid traveling in packs or clusters Anticipate the actions of others Choose the proper lane and adjust speed to maintain your space cushion Avoid Tailgaters - slow down and let them go around
Created by: NADTA