Chapter 1 – The basics rules
The basic rule – Look where you’re going and respect the speed law
If you loose control, this rule can save your life and that of your loved ones:
never keep your eyes fixed on a stationary or moving obstacle, shift your view into the distance as quickly as possible and immediately look down the road, where there is no obstacle.
In most accidents it is the driver who systematically his vehicle into the obstacles: other cars, trees, telegraph poles, etc.
Most drivers have made a similar mistake. They focused their attention on the oncoming danger until there is a collision instead steering clear of it.
If you look at the danger that is approching you, that is usually where your car will take you.
But if you can change the habit of looking at the oncoming danger and instead focus on the point where there is the least risk, you can direct the vehicle to go in that direction where you, your car, and family are safe.
This image illustrates an opening in the trees that you could focus on to divert from the trees approaching you should your vehicle lose control.
Never keep your eyes fixed on a stationary or moving obstacle
And yet you had the possibility of avoiding the accident as long as the car was still moving.
Even though you were in a dangerous situation, you focused on the clear path instead of the approaching fixed obstacle and thus avoided a crash.
Even if you have lost control of the vehicle, try to focus on directing the car into an area where there will be the least damage to you and your vehicle. Do not look for tree or other vehicles.
Remember: 8 basics rules
1. Respect the speed limit at all times.
2. When driving in winter or freezing conditions look out for patches on the road that look like glass or water as they may be ice. SLOW DOWN before you reach these patches and try not to brake or turn while over them. If you must turn or break, do it at a very slow speed.
3. If you have a an unexpected surprise on the road( oil, ice or something else)which causes you to lose control, look in the direction of a clear path and attempt to divert your vehicle there.
4. No matter how many times you have to correct your direction, keep at it until your safe diversion is reached.
5. If you panic and focus your attention on the danger, you will not be able to diver to safety.
6. Keep your eyes focused on where you want your vehicle to go, not where you do not want the vehicle to go.
7. Intelligent drivers look for the best solution when faced with a dangerous solution. Bad drivers get scared and freeze up during an emergency.
8. Do not listen to individuals who claim that driving is easy and that you do not have to prepare yourself for the possibilities that may arise.