ROAD RAGE and Techniques to Keep You Safe When Driving

ROAD RAGE and Techniques to Keep You Safe When Driving
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    Hi there smart drivers Rick with smart drive test talking to you tonight about
    road rage and answering any questions obviously that you have about passing a
    road test getting a CDL license starting your career as a truck or bus driver or
    remaining crash free so you're not involved in a crash so that's what we're
    doing tonight I see that Penny's here Adams here Burt's four wheels that's
    Corey Corey is the moderator and is really good at getting any videos up
    that I refer to when I'm answering your questions
    so yes Corey's here and Corey does an awesome job and Hall face is here
    Penny's here and Penny's asking how do you impress the driving instructor in
    your driving and test drive well that'll impress the driving instructor can I do
    a video on parallel parking actually there's an entire playlist penny on
    parallel parking there so there we go Adam today somebody passed me on a busy
    road while passing isn't allowed I honked at him and he completely stopped
    his car in about five seconds I was like oh boy here we go luckily he didn't
    shoot me only being half sarcastic so what do you mean your own king half
    sarcastic Jeffrey's here Christian's here so does here road rage is funny to
    watch yeah funny to watch not funny to be involved in that's for sure excellent
    thanks Corey Hall phase you like you see like three hundred plus people do you
    think it is safe to be traveling in the roadways Hall face you know these those
    huge grips and motorbikes yeah Tommy good evening let me think about that
    Hall phase and answer your question Courtney that's great welcome to smart
    drivers Courtney it's great to have you here and obviously tonight we're talking
    about road rage and you may or may not seen the link for the article that I was
    talking about that prompted me to talk tonight about road rage there was an
    incident here in Kelowna British Columbia the
    Cologne is about an hour south of Vernon British Columbia in Canada here and two
    males got out of their cars and had a go at it and one was an older gentleman 54
    years old and obviously the other person hit him and he hit his head on the curb
    and he is in critical condition in the hospital and if that driver dies in the
    hospital the other driver when they catch up to that other driver there is
    going to be manslaughter charges that person is going to be charged with
    manslaughter because the other person died because of what happened there
    Thank You penny Moe sin hips on maintaining your speed
    yes I do look at the video on controlling your speed Corey will put
    that up for you so without further ado here I'm not going to answer to too many
    questions are going to go right over to the video are right over to the
    presentation rather and talk about that and get that going so Sam is here
    driving lessons by Big Mac Sam Sam works for the rookie auto driving school in
    Bronx in New York and Sam has some really good ideas for driving in New
    York there are some slight differences about New York State New York State
    likes to be different than other states in the u.s. so he's got some ideas about
    that so as I said we're gonna pop right over to the PowerPoint presentation and
    get going here on that so just bear with me for one sec here
    what is going on here there we go okay that and no it didn't work
    sorry about that whew zoom in
    get rid of that get rid of that all right so here we go okay so road rage so
    we're all going to experience road rage at some point in our driving careers
    because it is a simple fact of social driving that we truly believe that when
    somebody else is going slower than us us their goofball and when somebody's
    driving faster than us they're an idiot so it the very fact that it's a social
    activity predisposes it to road rage and this will provide you with some
    strategies and techniques to remain calm while you're driving and perhaps give
    you some self awareness that is going to help you to remain calm while you're
    driving and sort of think about working with other drivers so as I said there in
    the introduction it's a social activity and you need to ask yourself am i prone
    to aggression one of the things that Spurs us to aggression while we're
    driving is is that we're in this little metal box we're by ourselves and all of
    that causes our emotions to be heightened if we're happy we're going to
    be happier in our cars if we're angry we're gonna be more angry in our cars
    than those types of things and as well many people drive too close to other
    cars and other cars will do something unexpected in them we're not we don't
    have enough space to react properly which will cause us to get upset or
    excited when we're driving and the other thing about driving being a social
    activity and I say this again and again for drivers Drive in the spaces between
    the clusters you don't want to be near other vehicles because space management
    is the key component to being a defensive driver and remaining crash
    free because if you can stay away from other fixed objects and other road users
    it's less likely that you're going to hit them so try and stay away from other
    vehicles on the roadway now as well think about the way that you viewed the
    world is your world black and white is it right and wrong is what the other
    drivers doing wrong or right because driving for the most part is predictable
    it moose are it operates on a loose set of traffic rules and when other people
    violate those or cut you off or make a mistake while
    they're driving which most people are going to make a mistake do you get bent
    out of shape about it or do you say okay they did that that happened because it's
    not a matter of if other drivers are going to make a mistakes around you it's
    a matter when they're going to make mistakes around you so think about how
    you view the world and if you can manage space and you can sort of know that
    other drivers are going to be making mistakes around you and you don't get
    upset when they do make mistakes you're going to be a better driver because the
    definition of professional drivers and the one that I hold up as the pinnacle
    of being a professional driver if you're going to drive a truck or a bus is is
    that it's not a matter of if other drivers are going to make mistakes it's
    a matter of when and as a professional driver what you need to do is to put in
    strategies and techniques that will allow you to compensate for the mistakes
    of others and if you can do that then you are a professional driver and
    oftentimes we get tips and strategies and and other defensive driving advice
    from racecar drivers and let me tell you that racecar driving is very different
    from driving in regular traffic on any kind of Road or any kind of light
    conditions because stock car racing for example in the picture here they're all
    driving the same cars they're all spec to the same specs more or less they're
    all driving at the same time on the same track the same conditions and they all
    had the same objective when you're on a roadway you're driving with people with
    any kind of vehicle in any kind of weather on any kind of road surface with
    people who have any kind of ability on a vehicle that you know you have no idea
    what it is or it could be anything from you know a bicycle to a motorcycle all
    the way up to a tractor-trailer unit in those types of things so it's completely
    different when you're driving on the roadway and the other piece in our lives
    is that many of us especially in North America Australia Europe and other
    places in the world we've become incredibly busy and we're incredibly
    stressed out and a lot of times we take that stress that we may or may not be
    conscious of in our lives and we take it with us when we go driving so you need
    to do some self-assessment about yourself and your own world and
    what's going on there in terms of your home stress your work
    stress financial stresses and all of those types of things
    the amount of time that we're spending in front of screens how much time are
    you spending in front of television how much time are you spending in front of
    computers your phones those types of things and maybe you just need to take a
    little bit of time and just unplug and de-stress all right fatigue is another
    thing and when you're driving know that you're going to be tired and when we're
    tired we're less tolerant of other people's mistakes and this is going to
    lead to bursts of outrage and whatnot and know the signs when you're tired
    okay and take note of that say listen I'm tired I need to manage my space
    better I need to know that I need to hang back and those types of things and
    maybe drive the speeds I'm going to just take my time to get to where I need to
    go and this is going to be especially prevalent in the middle the night during
    early morning driving or circadian when our biological clock takes a dip in the
    early afternoon and early mornings okay so think about emotions think about
    emotional impairment did you have a fight with your spouse do you have a
    grievance at work as their death in the family are you moving a few years ago I
    was moving I was having my first baby not me personally my wife is having a
    baby we're having a baby in the family obviously and I was moving and I can
    remember I went into a parking lot and this guy took this parking space that I
    was waiting for and I just I lost it I got out of the
    car I'm like what are you blind you know I'm yelling but it wasn't that
    I was mad at that person it was the fact that I was moving and there were a lot
    of other stresses in my life and new things coming into my life that I didn't
    understand how much stress and anxiety was in my life about these new things
    and new changes that were happening in my life but it came out in my driving
    and I got upset so oftentimes what were being angry about isn't the cause of why
    we're angry and anybody who's been in a relationship with other people knows
    that that's very true okay the other thing that leads to road
    rage and this is becoming more and more prevalent it's becoming the new sort of
    drunk driving is distractions and some of the things that you can do
    to avoid distractions so that you're not accidentally drifting into other
    people's lanes you're not cutting people off you're not driving slower than the
    other traffic around you you're trying to keep up with traffic flow and those
    types of things is cell phones in our vehicles and telematics and those types
    of things so set your radio stations before you leave set up your GPS units
    leave tel Ematic information alone while you're driving because there's a lot of
    information in our new vehicles try vomiter x' tire pressures fuel mileage
    and other information leave all that alone and then if you need to consult
    any of this find a safe place to pull over and consult this technology before
    you drive and don't try and drive while you're consulting all of this technology
    so phones and GPS if you if you can't leave your phone alone or rather sorry
    if you're using your phone as your GPS unit put the device on audio and just
    listen to it and if you get lost or you have to get reroute the GPS is going to
    do that use hands-free device and if you can't leave these phones and GPS units
    alone and those types of things especially your phone which is you know
    the number one thing that we're all doing now I mean my mom took a bus trip
    the other day a couple hour bus trip and she said while she was on the bus she
    counted 27 people who are on their phones while they're driving put your
    phone somewhere where you don't have access to it put it in the trunk or put
    it somewhere else or just get off the road and then
    consult your phone because this is one of the things that is definitely going
    to lead to road rage and acts of aggression while you're on the roadway
    so if you do encounter road rage and you have another driver that's trying to
    force you off the road or they pull up and they stop and they get out of their
    vehicle do not get out of your vehicle lock the doors of your vehicle and do
    not get out do not engage do not make eye contact do not honk your horn if
    you've got another driver do not act aggressively your drive aggressively
    with your vehicle because all of that is going to exacerbate the situation it's a
    situation in Kelowna with this guy who ended up in the hospital because he hit
    his head while the two of them were fighting another story while I was
    living in Australia I was working in a butcher shop briefly what part time
    while I was there and one of the my colleagues who I
    worked with at the butcher I was a butcher and he was stocky fellow he was
    probably about 220 pounds and he comes in one weekend and he's got a black eye
    and of course we're all egging him on about why he got a black eye but it
    turned out that he had a road rage rage incident with another driver the other
    driver got out of the car and it was this old season gnarly bricklayer and
    the bricklayer didn't even hesitate he just walked straight up to him and he
    just drilled him right in the face so know that these people are out of
    control and they do not have control of their emotions so do not engage okay if
    the situation becomes unmanageable call the police immediately
    or drive away do not drive home drive to a police station and as I said do not
    you know drive to a public area those types of things and remember that when
    people are angry people can only stay angry for a couple of minutes before
    they calm down so if you don't engage you don't spur on the person then it's
    likely going to abate alright so know that driving is a social
    activity know that most of the time the traffic laws that govern actions of
    people and drivers on the roadway are predictable it's when they become
    unpredictable that we're susceptible to aggression and road rage think about
    your attitude is your is your world black and white is it gray do you have a
    professional attitude that it's not a matter of you know if somebody's going
    to make a mistake or somebody's going to cut you off or somebody's not going to
    give you the right-of-way and you're like okay well that happened and now
    they can just go on and have their crash somewhere else you're just gonna let
    them go you have this attitude that you got to be first all the time if you have
    this attitude when you're driving that people who drive slower than you or
    buffoons and people that drive faster than you are goofballs so think about
    your attitudes think about the stresses and emotions that are in your life think
    about distractions while you're driving that are gonna cause you to slow down
    that are going to cause you to not pay full attention you're driving and those
    types of things and then again with road rage strategies if somebody doesn't
    each with you on the roadway locked your doors don't get out of your car do not
    make eye contact and do not honk your horn or do other aggressive driving
    maneuvers and then finally if you if they continue then you need to drive
    away or you need to drive to a police station do not drive home so those are
    some strategies and techniques that you can employ for the purposes of being
    engaged road rage and those types of things okay so yeah Mohammed in terms of
    people that text and drive you are not going to fix that problem the only way
    that I see the problem being fixed in terms of people texting and driving is
    if there is some sort of technological device in the vehicle that blocks
    people's cell phones from receiving messages as long as people's cell phones
    are continuing to receive messages in the vehicle you're just not going to
    stop this there was a study done it's probably seven or eight years ago now by
    the triple-a in the United States and within the last two months when that
    study was done sixty-six percent of Americans
    admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving and thirty three percent
    of Americans admitted to texting while driving so this is not a problem that's
    going to go away this problem is actually going to get worse because I
    don't know how they're going to police it there are simply not enough police on
    our roadways to police people texting and driving so for those of you who are
    smart drivers and those are you who want to be professionals it becomes more and
    more important for you to manage space around your vehicles and stay away from
    other people because these people are going to be on their cell phones they're
    going to make mistakes and they're not going to be having their full attention
    on driving and it's not just cell phones and it's not just those types of
    electronic devices that are in our vehicles but as I said telematics those
    screens in our cars all of that information
    I mean now many of these vehicles also have access to Internet and they have
    access to social media there are people who have video players in their car
    there are so many distractions that people are bringing into their cars that
    takes away their attention to the task of driving okay Adam question for later
    what do you do if someone gets out of this car in a combative manner in a road
    rage incident yeah and Adam as they talked about in the presentation there
    somebody gets out of their car lock the doors on your vehicle do not engage do
    not make eye contact you know get out your phone and use your phone to call
    the police or take a picture of them if it becomes too bad then what you need to
    do is you simply need to drive away to a police station I mean if you can't get
    away from like if you can't drive away without striking them you know you might
    have to do something crazy like drive up on the sidewalk or something like that
    you need to get away from them somehow okay all right Silas didn't miss too
    much oh great yes it is on point Courtney
    Sarab can you clarify the concept of courtesy driving so Sarab I wouldn't
    really say that it's courtesy driving what I would say is it comes back to
    that idea of professional driver and I used that idea professional driver not
    just for people who are truck or bus drivers or people who drive for a living
    the idea of courtesy driving or professional driver is knowing that
    other people on the roadway are going to make mistakes and it's not a matter of
    if other people are going to be make mistakes but it's a matter of when other
    people are going to make mistakes and when other people make mistakes is your
    response to those other people those other drivers and road users on the
    roadway making mistakes is like oh it happened okay I've got good space
    management I'm paying attention to what I'm doing my attention is on the task of
    driving and you simply slow down back off and those are our others skills and
    strategies that you put in place that compensate for other people making airs
    in there driving and I get this question and here's here's a perfect example of
    this people who merge onto freeways or
    highways and they say other people will never help me out that's an attitude
    about you against the world of drivers who are on the roadway that other people
    aren't going to help you out that's completely false other people will help
    you out because other people don't want to crash either so it comes down to good
    observation you matching the speed of the flow of traffic on the roadway as
    you're coming out on the on-ramp as you're coming out on the acceleration
    rank Lane you're looking for your space you're targeting that space and you have
    good up you have good observation and you have good communication with other
    drivers on the roadway in other words you've got your signal on early so many
    people that I see on the roadway they don't use their signals to communicate
    with other people they use their signals to tell people exactly what they're
    doing at the very instant that they're going to do it and you cannot do
    something at the very instant you're going to do it and expect other drivers
    to have an opportunity to react expect other drivers to have an opportunity for
    time and space to make a gap and help you out and get you onto the roadway so
    you have to communicate effectively - and that's giving people some advance
    notice of what you're going to be doing because it takes other people a couple
    two three minutes to react so you've got to give them ample opportunity to
    exhibit - to react you got to give them time for that okay all right here we go
    there we go Cornie total routes of memory there you
    go excellent haul phase the reason I don't answer questions is because I
    can't see the questions because when I'm on the PowerPoint presentation I have to
    go to another screen and therefore I need another screen on my computer so I
    need three screens instead of just two screens that's why I don't answer
    questions when I'm doing the PowerPoint
    okay there's another way just raise the funds $800 what they could do to battle
    cell phones is to have huge punishments huge funnest huge punishments don't work
    halt phase they've shown that that when people get
    speeding tickets when people get any type of traffic violation it's very
    short-term people that speed it only lasts for six or eight weeks and then
    people are speeding again so these huge punishments they're also trying to do
    deterrence placing they're doing exactly what you said in the province of Ontario
    I think the fine is a $500 there's some states and other places in the world
    that are exactly the same they have these huge fines and then they do what's
    called deterrence placing then they put it on the front page of the newspaper
    and when they put it on the front page of the newspaper everybody goes oh my
    god I better not you know text and drive because there's a huge fine they try
    that it doesn't work it's not theirs when people look at their cell phones
    it's that same thing about phones that you need to ask yourself as soon as our
    phone rings or dings or we get a text message of those types of things we get
    a shot at dopamine it's a little bit of a you know it's not adrenaline but it's
    dopamine and we're like oh wow somebody likes us so we pick up our phone almost
    immediately and to not do that in a car is really difficult and takes a great
    deal of self-discipline to not look at your phone while you're driving okay
    soda crazy motorcyclists and you were talking about large group of motorcycles
    one of the things soda that I might suggest to you is if you're following
    them and they're on the path of travel where you're going you might want to
    just you want might want to think about an alternative route so that you're not
    confronting them or trying to pass them because if you're talking you know 30 40
    50 motorcycles on a roadway I mean that's a lot of motorcycles and you got
    to be out on another lane of traffic for a long time to get around those
    motorcycles so that may not work for you okay Adam
    thanks Cory for putting that in there that's great Adam
    my friends use snapchat while driving sending pictures behind the wheel I tell
    them to cut it out and they laugh it off as a concerned friend how can I convince
    them they're being reckless yeah Adam
    that's a that's a that's a difficult question Adam and really what happens to
    it is that you know that they're being dangerous while they're driving and what
    I would suggest you is if they're being dangerous while they're driving and you
    are you're adamant that they shouldn't be doing this my advice to you would be
    to simply not ride in the car with them it's kind of like drinking and driving
    if you're out with your friends and they've had a couple of beers and they
    get in behind the wheel you just say well you either give me the keys and I'm
    going to drive or I'm simply gonna get a cab home or I'm gonna walk home or I'm
    gonna get somebody to come and get me you just refuse to be in the vehicle
    with them because it's unsafe when people are using their phone especially
    if they're younger people and they don't have a great deal of experience I'm not
    saying that veteran drivers have experience to be talking on their phones
    either but there's a lot of things going on and I've talked about this before in
    terms of young people especially those young people are just getting their
    license and they're 17 18 up to say I would say 22 years old there's a lot of
    change going on that young people have inexperienced with distracted driving
    dating drinking and driving those four things those are huge huge things in our
    lives and you know we're we're distracted driving so we have our phones
    and we don't have a lot of experience with phones we don't have a lot of
    experience with self discipline of not answering our phone Ian immediately
    driving we don't have a great deal of experience with driving we don't have a
    huge lexicon of hazard perception our ability to recognize hazards on the
    roadway we're dating and that could be all new to us have new relationships we
    have high emotions or around our dating and then we have drinking right drinking
    or drugs or whatever recreational activity that we're doing we're
    experimenting with those types of things and all of those things come together
    for young people and they have not a great deal of experience with drinking
    and driving I mean when younger and I was drinking I would drink
    to the point of excess until I was getting sick now that I hoped her Octus
    Lee I know the consequences of drinking what I feel like the next morning but I
    also know exactly when I've had enough to drink that if I drink one more
    mouthful of alcohol I'm going to be sick and I know that so I have a great deal
    of experience with drinking I have a great deal of experience with driving
    but when I was younger I did not have that so there's a lot of things for
    young people and I think it's important for you Adam and other people who are
    riding in cars and their friends are texting and driving or their friends are
    drinking and driving that you simply refuse to be in that vehicle with them
    because it's it's you it's your life and you're putting your life at jeopardy
    because one car crash you can you know it will affect the rest of your life I
    mean you may never walk again you may have a brain injury that you struggle
    with to go to the toilet for the rest of your life I cannot stress enough how
    awful car crashes are and how much this affects people I mean there was a car
    crash in Kelowna last week you know this was in addition to the road radiant rage
    incident that happened there was another car crash where a kindergarten teacher
    who was pregnant was killed in a car crash in Cologne it was an awful crash
    but think of the ramifications of that for everybody else in her family and all
    of her children that she died in that car crash it's just an awful crash and I
    cannot I just cannot stress enough how much car crashes change people's lives
    sometimes it's just a fender bender and you get away without too much damage or
    too much consequences from that but if people are you know suffered long-term
    consequences long-term disability and debilitating injuries from a car crash
    or they're killed in a car crash it has enormous repercussions for people who
    are left behind okay
    okay so soda you almost you'll almost hit a motorcycle okay so how did you
    almost hit a motorcycle did the motorcycle swerve into your lane or you
    got too close or something like that happened just clarify that for me okay
    all right okay Hall phase this analogy between drunk
    driving might help you out okay here in the province of British Columbia we had
    problems with drink driving so we had a huge in the 1970s and into the 1980s and
    1990s and even today we had huge social campaigns against drink driving and we
    had enormous fines against drink driving what happened here in Canada was that it
    became very difficult to convict drink drivers it became very difficult to
    police drink driving it became very difficult to convict drink drivers
    because it was such a technicality in terms of driving so what happened was is
    that the provincial government the BC provincial government the British
    Columbia provincial government here in BC passed a law that increased police
    powers and everybody thought that when BC increased police powers what was
    gonna happen was it was going to be challenged because in legal terms it's
    beyond the power of the province because drink driving is charging to the
    Criminal Code of Canada which is a federal law it's not a provincial law
    and everybody thought that it was the only be challenged well that was five
    years ago now that this was implemented it hasn't been challenged and the reason
    it hasn't been challenged is because they couldn't convict people in court
    and it's the same thing with what you're talking about in terms of towing
    people's cars and giving them fines before they get their car back it's not
    going to work they they simply don't have enough police to police this
    problem so what they do is they rely on increased police presence which is a
    whole other topic that we can talk about or they do what's called deterrence
    placing they they they have a police blitz and they give fines up to a whole
    bunch of people and then they pub sighs it in the newspapers that's the
    way they're trying to deal with it but it's not effective and it's not going to
    be effective because what you're trying to do is you're trying to please tens of
    thousands of people at any given time in any given space and place on the roadway
    it is an incredibly monumental problem that is just beyond the scope of police
    forces in North American in the rest of the world okay Christian I'm good how
    are you excellent I usually just leave the phone deep in my pocket so I can't
    get to it yes that's a good tactic Silas's just put it somewhere where you
    can Brian you like school buses he decided to ride the line between me and
    another car okay so soda so what happened was is
    that the motorcycle there's a term for that that I can't think of it lane
    splitting they call it lane splitting where the motorcycle rides up between
    the two lanes of cars so in that event so it becomes incredibly important to do
    your shoulder checks to check your mirrors and keep track of where those
    motorcycles are and know that you know there might not be something that you
    can do to avoid the motorcycle but yeah some of the motorcyclists are not
    they're not going to be considered to other traffic on the roadway and other
    drivers who the big problem in our driving is that we don't think the
    consequences of fast driving yeah well exactly we don't think what the
    consequences are going to be if we have a crash Liam I agree frequency of an
    enforcement is much more important than severity of punishment in New York City
    the fine for speed cameras is only $50 but where they being implemented
    speeding has decreased by 50% and that's a good point Liam in Australia when I
    drove in Australia they had speed cameras they had a culture of speed
    cameras and the traffic did not drive more than 100 kilometres an hour if you
    were driving 105 kilometers an hour on a highway in Australia you thought you
    were going really fast because they had a culture of speed cameras therefore it
    overall reduced speeding in the country so that might be something that we can
    revisit but it's such a political hot potato that Paul
    additions are loath to put in speed cameras because the charge against speed
    cameras is that it's just a money grab that they're just out there to get money
    and that's why that we don't in Canada we've had them in place and they've been
    pulled out because this is a political political leverage for parties getting
    elected to office and this is one of the things that they do is they pull out
    tolls they pull out speed cameras and they get elected to office okay
    so duh I believe speeding is okay as long as you're not too crowded and tell
    people what you're doing and and you're right soda speeding is one of the causes
    one of the top three causes of car crashes however there are different
    definitions of speeding speeding doesn't lend itself to a simple definition so
    most people when they think of speeding they think driving faster than the
    posted speed limit however driving faster than the posted speed limit
    driving faster than me so I'm driving my car and another person is driving faster
    than me that's speeding driving faster than the traffic flow is driving is
    speeding and then finally driving beyond the conditions of the roadway that the
    roadway will allow so there's four definitions for different definitions of
    speeding and I tend to agree with you soda that it's not speeding beyond the
    posted speed limit as long as you're managing space around your vehicle and
    you have control of your vehicle then you're going to be okay but if you're
    speeding and you're for example one of the things that I do think is dangerous
    if you're speeding beyond the traffic flow so if you're trying to drive faster
    than the traffic flow then you're putting yourself in a dangerous
    situation and you are speeding but as you said as long as you're managing
    space I think you're going to be okay in terms of speeding because we have lots
    of freeways and interstates and those types of things particularly in the
    states that are 75 to 80 miles an hour and they don't have high accident rates
    or high crash rates rather and it's the same thing here in British Columbia they
    raised the speed limits to 120 and I don't think they've seen a great deal of
    difference in the number of crashes on our roadways because there aren't there
    isn't a great deal of traffic and those types of things
    okay Silas check your mirrors just need to check
    your you need to have a rotating scanning pattern every eight to twelve
    seconds so you need to be looking far down the road check your Center mirror
    far down the road check your wing meters far down the road
    both sides of the roadway come in check your instrument panel and far down the
    road and you're doing that constantly every 10 10 to 12 seconds while you're
    driving
    oh I'm not denying that hall phase that people have been injured and killed from
    cellphones while they're driving no I don't I hope I didn't say something that
    confused you if I did I'll clarify that
    okay Courtney even with knowing your car could get towed it wouldn't make a
    difference unfortunately yeah well unfortunately there are still people who
    do illegal street racing and they know that they're gonna get their vehicle
    vehicle towed so okay so do they have speed cameras in the states yes I
    believe there are some states they do have speed cameras in the US Jerry the
    freedom of driving no cameras on the road so you can drive as you want yes as
    long as the police don't catch up to you mystery I like to know what is the best
    way to write you I ask this because I think I send you a message last week and
    for my friend okay mystery the best way to send me a message is Rick at smart
    drive test comm and you can just send me an email there and I'll answer your
    email for you so that'd be great okay there we go okay let's see if I got
    everybody so soda you hit a cyclist in Nevada I'm automatically at fault okay
    where did you get that information soda that you hit a cyclist in Nevada and you
    were automatically at fault because that's not necessarily true I think that
    is a misconception that if you strike a cyclist that you're automatically at
    fault however cyclists people on bicycles are
    road users as well and those road users are subject to the road rules you know
    unless you drove in front of them or cut them off or made a turn in front of them
    or miss judge the gap it's you know they're
    susceptible to there are other road users so it's not automatically the
    gorge fault because you hit a cyclist so okay so in Winnipeg in the province of
    Manitoba here in Canada court is also saying that there are some speed cameras
    there as well so it is kind of hit and miss and here and there there are some
    speed cameras around the world but I can tell you that there is a definitive
    effect on traffic with speed cameras and red-light cameras in place and I have
    seen red-light cameras and there's a lot of intersections that have red light
    cameras at them where people run intersections they're going to get a
    picture of their vehicle taken to them and they get a ticket sent to them in
    the mail now red-light cameras it you know the same charge has been leveled
    against red-light cameras that it is a money grab at one in the same time
    sometimes it can make the intersection somewhat dangerous because people are
    locking up the brakes when they're coming up to the intersection and they
    fail to check behind them to ensure that the traffic behind them is coming to a
    stop and in those instances where they're locking up the brakes to come to
    a stop at the intersection so they don't you don't run into the intersection and
    get a ticket from the red-light camera they're putting themselves at risk of a
    rear-end crash so there are some challenges with those as well okay Liam
    MyLink seems to have being filtered out but if you search higher speed than that
    you'll find it okay Liam what did I miss here I don't mean to derail you or
    anything but the increased speed limits in the US have statistically led to
    increase road deaths has yeah okay but Liam what I would say to you about that
    is that that's only one report and the difficulty with those types of reports
    is is that they're incredibly detailed and you need to you can't compare apples
    to oranges because on mostly what I'm talking about is I'm talking about
    freeways and
    traffic traveling in the same direction obviously if you have increased Road
    speeds in cities and on two-lane highways and those types of things yes
    then you're going to get increased numbers of traffic crashes but on
    freeways and I mean the auto bond is probably one of the best examples ever
    is that they don't have a speed limit on the Autobahn and they don't have crazy
    increased numbers of Road crashes and those types of things so yes there is on
    one hand there are increased number of crashes with increased number of Road
    speeds but you have to look at the type of roads and the many many other types
    of conditions that are affecting that but on the other hand if you have
    freeways and those types of things you're not going to get increased number
    of crashes and you know I would need to look at the report to get more specific
    information and whatnot halt phase in the States that is true if you hit
    someone with less protection you're 90% to be at fault I don't know whether I
    agree with that whole phase or not I would need to do some research on that
    Adam on the subject of cyclists what do you do if there's a cyclist in front of
    you and cars honking behind you because the cyclist forces you to slow down
    in that case Adam you got a you know just tuned the horns out and focus on
    what you're doing because obviously you need to wait until there's a place on
    the roadway that you can safely get around the cyclist because you don't
    want to be you know charging through or plowing through on the cyclist and
    unfortunately this is part of road rage is that other people are oftentimes
    going to honk and they're going to you know they're gonna they're gonna bring
    to bear social pressure that's going to force you to do something that you
    shouldn't be doing or make a dangerous maneuver with what soda is talking about
    in terms of motorcycles and cyclists and those types of things okay
    it's like our pedestrian law almost they see it as the motor should have been
    paying attention no matter what and it's kind of not fair okay yeah as doing post
    crash analysis in investigation for many of these crashes yeah I'm I'm not sure
    that that you can make that Blake in statement in terms of pedestrians and
    people on bicycles and other vulnerable road users that that you're
    automatically at fault because you got hit if the other Road user is doing
    something that's blatantly dangerous or blatantly unpredictable then the court
    of law is going to take that into consideration it's not that people are
    you know unless the other unless the driver of a vehicle made a blatant err
    or wasn't paying attention there's going to become some consideration in a court
    of law about all of that Courtney thanks so much I appreciate that yeah well I'm
    gonna get some shelves up here as well behind me and I'm going to put some cars
    I've got some cars here as well that I need to put up there so I'm gonna do
    that as well so thanks for that Courtney I appreciate that
    okay Hall phase after you cut someone off or something and they begin to chase
    you what should you do okay so Hall phase if you accidentally cut somebody
    off obviously you didn't do it on purpose you need to if they're gonna
    continue to follow you around what I would suggest you is just drive to the
    nearest police station okay roll up your windows don't get on your phone just pay
    attention to what you're doing and drive to the police station and then you can
    stop and hopefully they're not gonna by that point they've you know broken off
    the chase and they've calmed down and gotten a hold of themselves and those
    types of things okay bricks for reals but one statistic that may muddled
    things with traffic crashing speed limits is the overall increased traffic
    volume over time yes and that is another excellent consideration Corey is that
    yes in fact there's more traffic there's absolutely no doubt about it there is
    more traffic on our roadways there are more Road users on our roadways so the
    opportunity in the in chances for conflict on our roadways is
    also increasing one of the statistics has been put in place it's incredibly
    difficult to prove because one of the things that's incredibly difficult to
    collate is traffic statistics because of the you know the people who are
    reporting are oftentimes police officers and there's no consistency about pull
    about reporting traffic crashes so since the late 1960s when we had just over the
    top in terms of number of traffic crashes due to drinking and driving and
    other you know not wearing seatbelts and whatnot we still argue and I've argued
    in academic papers that we still have the same number of traffic crashes as we
    did in the late 1960s we still have the same number of injuries we have simply
    only reduced the number of fatalities and we've reduced the number of
    fatalities not because people are driving better we've reduced the number
    of fatalities owing to better Road engineering better safety features in
    our vehicles safety restraints the mandatory wearing of safety restraints
    within vehicles air bags those types of things and as well better medical
    technology so we have better responses to putting back people back together and
    fixing people in surgery and those types of things and most of those better
    medical practitioners came out of the Vietnam War the Vietnam War you know
    trauma and surgery and those types of things all were a product of that so
    that's one of the reasons why we have fewer deaths in terms of traffic okay
    Sam I always tell my students to behave on the road because the heat unit will
    get them and kit you what is the heat unit Sam okay Hall face see if you got
    in a collision with another car but the guy hit you look like he wants to stab
    you yeah again Hall phase drive away
    Hall phase I would recommend that you simply drive to the police station I
    mean you could call nine one and one you know that's gonna be up to your
    discretion while you're driving bricks four wheels limited space and
    lack of planning there are bike lanes in some places also check how to turn right
    with bicycle lanes yes excellent you are most welcome Silas Courtney needed that
    link for bicycle lanes as today is my test and be in city with bike lanes yeah
    so definitely have a look at that as well okay okay Fuad as an experienced
    driver give me one advice that you could help so one of the things that I would
    tell you is one of the one of the things that I emphasize this space management
    keep space around your vehicle because if you're not near other road users and
    you're not near other fixed objects it's less likely that you're going to hit
    something so manage space effectively around your vehicle and then bring in
    the other three components of driving speed management and obviously speed
    management space management go hand-in-hand you need to observe well
    and you need to adjust your driving accordingly so that you can maintain
    your speed space around your vehicle and then finally communication make sure
    that you're communicating with other road users so that they have time to
    react and you know that whole social activity works out while you're driving
    so if you can communicate in the way that we communicate with other road
    users is our signals hand gestures eye contact and our horn but as I say use
    your horn sparingly and then the position of your vehicle on the roadway
    all of this communicates our intentions to other road users and drivers while
    we're driving on the roadway okay heats okay
    Oh Silas why don't people have bikes on roadways the reason they don't have
    their own lanes for bicycles in most cities is B just because of the
    limitation of space we just simply don't have analysis enough space and as well
    bicycle lanes on roadways are a recent advent they only come in and you know
    late 80s 90s those types of things there are very few countries in the world that
    are kind of as progressive as Holland is that has you know raised bike lanes and
    those types of things I mean if you want to go cycling in Holland it's an
    absolutely wonderful place to go cycling okay another question Hall phase
    buh-ba-ba-bah down here okay okay so they have they have a special place
    force in New York City that specifically only police's traffic we have the same
    thing here I think they call it the inter integrated traffic unit and all
    they do is police traffic and those people so the heat unit in layman's
    terms as those cops at hand everyone a ticket it actually stands for highway
    enforcement for aggressive traffic they all over the state of Georgia okay so
    the heat unit and we have them here in Canada they're called the integrated
    traffic unit it's the same thing if you get pulled over by these police officers
    you were gonna get a traffic violation because these people they're they're
    different they're a different breed of police officers they're the types of
    police officers they're gonna if they pull you over you're gonna get a ticket
    that's not likely that you were gonna get away without getting a ticket from
    the integrated traffic unit or the heat unit there in the States
    yes and as Sam said there are different types of traffic police in the states as
    well okay Adam do you think driving tests are rigorous enough in the States
    my local driving my local school has seven to ten minute tests in a quiet
    side road and almost everyone passes it seems like many schools are just diploma
    mills Adam that is a long-standing question about competency tests for the
    purposes of getting a road test and the same accusation could be leveled against
    commercial driving schools as well for those getting you
    you know truck licenses or bus licenses or whatnot it's you know and it's it's
    it's a difficult question it's a complicated subject about whether you
    know licensing requirements are preparing people for the roadway and I
    would I would argue that they're probably not because there's a very
    different set of skills that are required to pass a road test as opposed
    to be on the roadway and drive defensively however how we prepare
    drivers to drive defensively and beat crash free on the roadway
    you know largely comes down to the attitude of the drivers about whether
    they're gonna drive defensively and whether they're gonna drive
    professionally and make allowances for other drivers on the roadway and
    compensate for the mistakes the you know this is something that I have been
    studying and I have been you know excited I'm not excited about but
    motivated by for a very long time I've been I got my commercial license in the
    1990s I went to university I got a PhD in the topic and now I'm teaching on
    YouTube and I get questions all the time and I'm always always always considering
    these questions and how to make this better and how to help people be better
    drivers and state crash free and as I you know I make no bones about passing a
    road test and being crash free and driving defensively those are two
    completely different things so yeah I don't know the answer to that I don't
    have that all phase I didn't skip your question on purpose just a lot here okay
    I did it where'd you go where's your question uh
    yes so if you think that they are going to injure you someway halt phase yes
    definitely Drive away if you think that the person's gonna get out of their car
    in an incident of road rage and you're going to be injured then definitely
    definitely Drive away okay ah y 3r d oh I failed my road test on the 31st of May
    by two points I think I did a good job on the blind spot checks one wide turn
    when I exit the D in parking lot that's how I failed okay well we're sorry to
    hear that that you you weren't successful but you were
    really close so you're definitely gonna get it the next time just a little bit
    more practice and what I might suggest y3r is to look at the video on choreo
    get this up for you here on learning to drive and go and do the fundamentals in
    the parking lot revisit the fundamentals and by revisiting the fundamentals
    that'll help you with your terms and mastering the controls of the of the
    primary controls of the vehicle and give you better control of that that way
    you're gonna have better turns when you go for your next test okay
    there you go so definitely so as sam says the heat unit they're cutthroat
    yeah so you're gonna get a speeding ticket okay Liam in New York City I
    actually got a ticket on my bike a few weeks ago for turning right on a red I
    thought it was stupid I don't know of any other city that does traffic
    enforcement for bikes yes Liam did you get pulled over by the heat unit is that
    what happened there's the MTO in Ontario the Ministry
    of Transportation and they do the same as heat yes okay Tim my dad is in the
    army in 1974 the last draft and he went in for training but he never made it as
    they didn't set his femur right okay
    you know yeah I'm sorry you hear that he's so your dad obviously walks with it
    with a limp if they didn't set his femur rate that's unfortunate that's very
    unfortunate so do I believe those cops didn't make the real police force and it
    takes it everyone else sorry I don't meet the laughs soda but you you might
    be right you might be right you can get a ticket while riding your bicycle yes
    you can get a ticket while riding your bicycle halt face because as I said
    before when we were discussing if you hit a cyclist cyclists are road users
    they are vehicles on our roadway and if you are not driving according to the
    road rules or riding your bicycle according to the road rules you should
    get a ticket because I've seen these people on bicycles because I've done a
    lot of riding I've done big bicycle tours I've rode my bike through my
    bicycle through Scotland I rode my bicycle through Tasmania and I see these
    people they're being aggressive they're riding not safely and if they're not
    doing any of that then yes in fact I think they should get a ticket so yes
    follow the road rules and those types of things okay you're most welcome y3r and
    as we said would do anything to give you a hand and what not so okay Gary you
    failed my road test on the 31st I was getting out of the ice bees parking lot
    and followed that I went for a left turn I just turned on the indicator and
    slowly moving okay
    okay there might be something missing there Gary that I didn't get but I'm
    sorry to hear that you were unsuccessful on your road test but definitely you
    know go back and you know do it again because you're gonna be successful
    you're gonna get your license okay waiting to merge right that was
    considered as a dangerous action okay um Gary woody what I suggest you leave me a
    send me an email Rick at smart drive test and I'll get back to you we can
    talk about that a little bit more and then maybe we can help that out
    Edwin how are you Edwin ok bricks for wheels
    yeah that's a possibility that in the states they if you're on a bicycle they
    might take you and book you if you're gonna refuse to give them ID which you
    might want to do just give them ID next time should be should literally say
    rearview mirror y3r know one of the things that you can do on a road test
    and while lasts am the same question do you encourage your students to do
    running commentary on the road test because I encourage students to do a
    running commentary while they're driving because if they're doing running
    commentary the examiner knows exactly what you're doing and they know what
    you're checking they know where you're looking and those types of things and it
    just takes the guesswork out of it so I encourage students especially while
    they're practicing to do a running commentary because when you're doing a
    running commentary and you're actually doing the activity whatever it is you're
    learning whether it's driving or something and also what not it's going
    to make you a better driver and it's going to put in skip in place the skills
    and abilities and and that you need to drive safely and drive defensively and
    to pass a road test okay Hall phase yes so as I said in the presentation Hall
    phase for those of you who know that you're prone to anger know that you have
    triggers that other things make you angry while you're driving and as I said
    we're more prone to being angry world or driving because we're tired we have
    stresses at home there are triggers we're upset when other people are
    driving faster than us or they accidentally cut us off or they drift
    into our lane or those types of things I had a friend some years ago and if you
    haven't gone over to the smart drive test website already and seen the Disney
    video on you know mr. wheeler mr. Walker where this it's complete Jekyll and Hyde
    transformation when he goes from being a pedestrian to being a driver I had a
    friend who was like that he got in he was the nicest hesita ever knew who and
    he was out of his car but when he get in the car all my god he just transformed
    into this this character that's just angry all the time when you get in the
    car he's cursing other drivers and swearing at them and
    my god you're too slow and this and that it was something else so if you know
    that you're prone to anger while you're driving just manage your space around
    your vehicle so that you're away from other vehicles and those types of things
    and breathe and just you gotta breathe and when somebody else cut you off in
    those types of things focus on your breathing focus on what you're doing in
    that way you're going to be less prone to driving and whatnot
    okay Edwin I have my license six since October I just got to get more
    experience behind the wheel do you have any videos on basic car maintenance yes
    there are a couple of videos Edwin one of the things you want to do is do a
    good pre trip on your vehicle so look at that video on pre trip inspection it's
    for road test preparation but it'll help you out with your pre trip inspection
    and as well there's another video here on checking the oil and how to change
    the oil in those types of things so basically it's just a matter going over
    doing a pre trip and making sure everything's right and whatnot okay so
    Sam I also do the same sometimes about running commentary I mentioned it to
    them when they do the running commentary with me just like I did with my student
    Rasheeda on my channel yes so there you go so Sam is in New York and he also
    encourages students to do the running commentary and that will help you out
    with your driving okay you're most welcome
    Dorcas how are you darkus good to see you actually I actually speaking out on
    my road test especially when I did write turns on red so that the examiner knows
    yes and it's an excellent technique and I really encourage students to be able
    to do it and those types of things okay so we're getting near the end here if
    anybody else has any questions I always hang around for a little bit at the end
    of commentary to answer that and whatnot so I just want to mention I did get the
    defensive driving course up over at the smart drive test website Cory I'll put
    the link up here for you and for this week the defensive driving
    course is on for $10 so you can pick up the defensive driving course for $10 and
    it will cover all of these topics of road rage distracted driving medication
    fatigue all of this stuff and it will help you and give you techniques and
    strategies to be a better driver and for rain crash free as well I talked about
    the different types of crashes and strategies and techniques you can put in
    place for those so have a look at that over on
    the smart drive test website you can pick it up for 75% off for $10 this week
    okay ah Adam there's a great book on the subject called traffic by Tom Vanderbilt
    yes Adam I have read that book and
    unfortunately it is dense and turgid there's some good words for you it's not
    very accessible it's it's a tough book to read it's a it's a tough book yeah so
    thanks for that but I don't want to discourage people
    from not picking it up and having a look at it but I did I did read it I was
    gonna do a book review on it but I just found it really tough to get through
    okay what about two-lane uncontrolled intersections Mustang man what is it you
    want to know about two-lane uncontrolled intersections all right
    in my expense and driving there's not much road rage near the including the
    city but in the city there's where to go where to go where there's a bit more yes
    epic if people are flashing their lights that can be an indication of road rage
    they are certainly frustrated with whatever you're doing or they're
    thinking that you're in the way people are flashing your lights you do want to
    try and get out of the way and those types of things and let them pass Davis
    thanks Rick for the help on the videos you are most welcome
    Sam the examiner's here always here running commentary with the CDL drivers
    because it must be done with them so they're used to hearing it excellent
    that's that's an excellent point Sam so again Sam and I both driving
    instructors Sam as the driving instructor in the Bronx and in New York
    and I am the driving instructor here British Columbia have also been a
    driving instructor in Australia and in Ontario the province of Ontario here in
    Canada and we strongly encourage you to use running commentary that will help
    you to learn how to drive y3r okay I'm going for my second test excellent that
    is awesome we're so glad to hear that good luck on that haul phase okay so I
    had a road rage driver so I'll tell you one incident that
    I had with a road rage driver and it probably most of my road radiances have
    been on my bicycle when I've been riding my bicycle in traffic that's when I've
    had most of my road rage incidents but a couple of years ago when I was going
    through my divorce I was just not in a good emotional state anyway I was coming
    back from Kamloops which is about 90 minutes north of Vernon here and I was
    coming back and I was coming back to get my kids on Halloween I was running late
    which didn't help first of all that was it and I come into the parking lot where
    I was picking up my kids and I came around the parking lot and there was a
    van parked in the middle of the parking lot and I'm not I'm in the parking lot
    and I am just like I'm I'm not even really an emotional control at this
    point because I'm late I'm you know I just my wife left me a couple of months
    before that I'm picking up my kids I'm a single dad and I get in the parking lot
    in this van is right there and he's in my way and I start honking the horn on
    the car which you know mostly it's my fault
    absolutely anyway he got out of the van he come across he opened the door I'm
    like on my car and he put his hand on my arm right here put his hand on my arm
    and I looked up at him and I said in a very calm voice I looked at him and I
    said you need to take your hand off me right now and he basically took his hand
    off my arm and he slammed the door he said something cursing at me and he
    walked off so that was one road rage rage incident that I did have a couple
    years ago and it you know it could have it could have been worse it really could
    have been worse so I just really suggest that you take you know try and calm
    yourself down and do not engage okay all right Adam I
    admit that I couldn't finish it even as an avid reader yes dance and turgid that
    was what I went for with that book yes it was it was a tough read okay
    defensive driving course there you go Mustang man the timing when two people
    don't go together it messes everything up and I almost got hit yes so that's
    excellent Mustang man what you got to do is the
    right-of-way is always given the right sorry the right-of-way is not taken the
    right-of-way is always given so somebody else wants to go just let them go and
    then wait for your turn
    there you go halt face great tornado I was Toronto yeah you gotta hate that
    autocorrect there you go uh yeah Courtney it really depends as long as
    you're ready for your driving you're gonna be fine whether it's a small town
    or a big city you know you just got to be good at your driving okay so have a
    look at the defensive driving course we're gonna leave it there thank you so
    much for showing up and asking questions and engaging it's always great fun and
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