Environmental Driving Hazards

SKU: C-1084Duration: 6 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 6 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Although most driving occurs during the daytime hours with good visibility, there are instances where you may have to drive with limited visibility or in inclement weather. This course identifies common environmental hazards and strategies to prevent crashes related to environmental hazards.

Learning Objectives

  • Define common environmental hazards
  • Identify why environmental hazards may cause a crash
  • Identify strategies to prevent crashes related environmental hazards

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

How do wet roads affect your stopping distance?
Depending on your tires, wet roads can increase your stopping distance by 50 percent while you may need 10 times the distance to stop on snow or ice covered roads.

What are some strategies for preventing crashes related to environmental hazards?
Some strategies to prevent crashes related to environmental hazards are: reduce your speed, use your high beams where appropriate, and avoid looking into another vehicle's headlights.

What are some additional precautions to take during inclement weather?
Some additional precautions include ensuring that your windshield wipers are working and making sure the tread on your tires is sufficient.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

The first type of environmental hazard is related to conditions that reduce your visibility. This could include dense fog or glare from the sun. However, the most common hazard that reduces visibility is driving at night. Driving at night reduces your visibility even if you have perfect vision because your field of view is limited - your peripheral vision is reduced and your forward vision is limited by your headlights. Additionally, darkness makes it harder to distinguish angles, curves, and dips in the road. Furthermore, darkness limits our ability to see contrasting colors and distinctive edges of objects, people, and animals. All of these factors significantly increase your risk of a crash.
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