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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Unpredictable Obstacles while Driving

31 Aug Blog | Comments

Driving is full of distractions. Inside the car alone there are a ton of distractions. There is the radio, other people talking, phone calls, texting, etc… Now add in what is going on around you. There are other vehicles like: cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc…. Now toss in pedestrians and people biking and you have a huge spectrum of things to keep track of, while driving.

Other distractions or unpredictable obstacles that are important to be aware of include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Vehicles – At any given time you may encounter or hear sirens. Those sirens will most likely be attached to an ambulance, fire truck, or police car. It is imperative that you are aware when those are around and get yourself out of the way. Your job is to pull over, to the right, so the emergency vehicle can get through.
  • Animals – This one is one of the more “scary” unpredictable obstacles. Animals of all different shapes and sizes can bolt onto the road without any warning. Deer, skunks, raccoon, possum, bunnies, squirrels, etc… do not pay attention to the boundaries. They don’t realize they are leaving the woods, their home, and entering into ours until it is too late. They cross onto the road and realize they do not want to be there and panic. This makes it even harder to avoid them, especially if the traffic is high. And unfortunately many times we have to make that split second decision about swerving or hitting the animal. Neither is a great choice, UNLESS you know exactly what is going on around you and know that it is clear next to you.
  • Weather – The weather can take a normal car ride and turn it upside down in minutes. Rain can make a road slick. A strong wind can push your car around making it difficult to control. The sun can block your vision making it hard to navigate through rush hour. Snow can come down fast enough to make the road slippery and very dangerous.
  • Road Hazards – When driving, especially on the highway you will need to watch out for road hazards. Tires blow and leave debris all over the road. Or if there is a car accident there is sometimes metal, glass, or plastic left all over the road. These pieces and parts of other cars can puncture tires, or get thrown at your windshield by another car.

Driving is many things, it is a time saver, it is a privilege, it is a rite of passage and it is not easy. When you are driving there are so many things that can happen during the course of a drive. You could come upon an accident and have to slow down, or go around it. You may have to pull over for an emergency vehicle. You may have to decide between swerving and hitting an animal. You must always be vigilant and a defensive driver, being aware of what is going on around you and what is coming up ahead.


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