Advanced driving observations is a very wide ranging, complex, yet incredibly interesting subject.
Advanced driving observation techniques play a major part in our instructor training courses and advanced driving courses.
We can only scratch the surface here, but we do so because this is one of those areas so rarely covered in ADI training. This is very sad, because if you develop your observation, anticipation and situational awareness skills, not only will you find the ADI part 2 much more enjoyable, but you’ll find Part 3 so much easier. When you can look ahead effectively, see the potential hazards in the traffic ahead that so many others would miss, and give yourself the time to react, you can Control your pupil and deal with every danger so much more professionally.
Advanced Observations can be thought of as a range of skills which fit together like a jigsaw. Each piece, each skill, adds to your overall view of the road.
Advanced observation and collision Analysis skills play a very large part of our ADI part 2 training. Never forget that your part 2 skills should lay firm foundations for Part 3.
Part 2 is so much more than just a driving test you have to pass on the way to Part 3.
Here we’ll be covering some of the more basic, yet most valuable observation techniques. We’ll be talking about cross views, which give your passengers the impression that you can see round corners. We’ll also be talking about scanning, and how to look effectively at the scene ahead of you, and we’ll see how it all fits together when we discuss anticipation and hazard awareness.
The topics of hazards, observation, and anticipation are very closely related. You need to know what constitutes a hazard, so that you know what you are looking for. You then need to develop your observation skills, so that you can look that much more effectively. You then have to take stock of the hazard or situation ahead, anticipate what might happen, and decide what to do.
The whole of your driving is based on these constant, never ending decisions. The variation between drivers is their knowledge of hazards and their skills in seeking them out. Some drivers are better than others.
Almost all collisions on our roads are due to driver error. Most of them are directly attributable to poor or ineffective observations, or in simply not recognising the danger in the situation ahead. As a result, the driver fails to act, or more commonly, reacts far too late.
It’s interesting to note that most Police Forces no longer refer to collisions as ‘accidents’. That’s because an accident is an unforeseen event that couldn’t reasonable be predicted. The simple truth is that almost all collisions can be predicted. The Police now tend to use ‘road traffic collision’ in their reports.
“Almost all collisions can be predicted . . .” now, that’s a far reaching statement, if ever there was one. But it’s perfectly true. With good, effective observations, and by actively concentrating on ‘what might happen next’ in every situation, you can predict almost all collisions. Sometimes with an eerie accuracy. All you have to do is develop the skill of ‘expecting the unexpected’. We’ll talk about that in the anticipation section.
You need to be fully aware that you won’t become capable of carrying out advanced observation techniques simply by reading this small section of the web site. However, by ‘pre sensitising’ yourself to the range of techniques described here, you will actually increase your skills considerably.
To get the very best from your studies, you need to get out and practice, practice, practice.
Always keep in mind that once you’ve used your heightened observation skills to spot potential situations of danger, you then need to apply the MS-PSL routine to deal with the hazard safely and effectively