Scanning For Hazards

October 06, 2016 at 4:33 PM


A hazard is anything that will require you to react when driving to avoid danger. There’re two types of hazards – visible and hidden hazards. Visible hazards are easy to spot such as potholes and cyclists on narrow roads, while hidden hazards can’t be seen straight away such as parked vehicles that could pull out without warning.

While experienced drivers can identify these hazards effortlessly, newer drivers need to put some conscious effort to identify them – more so the hidden ones.

Tips for spotting hazards

  • Scan about 12 seconds ahead. Don’t just stare at the road ahead but scan the adjacent areas to get the big picture. 
  • Always keep an eye out for both visible and hidden hazards.
  • Always keep track of hazards until they are no longer a risk to you.
  • For the best reaction to hazards, think ahead on what you’d do to avoid hazards in case you encounter them. This prevents panic and helps you deal with the situation more capably.

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