Monday, November 2, 2009

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Danger Spots on Roads

Welcome again to the discussion with the author James K Glaspy, concerning the text titled Driver's Safety, for drivers of all types of vehicles on all roads in all conditions. In this post I will discuss the section titled Danger Spots on Roads mentioned in the book on pages twenty two and twenty three. This section of the text is most important, and outlines the areas of very high risk for drivers and vehicle occupants, on all roadways. These identified danger spot areas are compiled from records of various State Transport Authorities, and refer clearly to the places where the vast majority of serious vehicle accidents are occurring.

Similar to how they are set out in the text, the nine Danger Spots in order of importance, are (1) at “T Intersections” (2) at “Cross Intersections and at Five way or more Intersections” (3) during “Overtaking and Passing oncoming vehicles” (4) colliding with “Objects that are stationary such as trees, barriers, other vehicles and with Pedestrians” (5) while “Stopping, Merging and during Lane Changing maneuvers” (6) colliding on and into “Bridges and Causeways” (7) at “Roundabout Intersections” (8) when vehicles “Roll Over” on corners and bends, and (9) colliding with “Trains” on level crossings. The text includes detailed options including charts, the driver may choose to observe when approaching each different Danger Spot, on each different road condition, in each different weather condition, and in each different vehicle in each different zone. These Danger Spots are fraught with enormous risk, and drivers may consider the option of applying increased levels of caution when approaching each of these different areas at all times. Other suggestions mentioned in the section titled Danger Spots, include the driver considering the option that to guarantee a safer passage through a danger spot area, then do not completely rely on the boom gates, flashing lights, or train whistle at level crossings, and at intersections. Other driver options included are for the driver to always broadly and thoroughly observe in all relevant directions, traffic and rail movements along the route chosen, well before entering the recognized danger spot areas.

The term 'blind spot' is not mentioned in the text, however, in some circumstances and under some conditions, one's very own eyes can completely fail to see another vehicle approaching at a danger spot area. This anomaly can occur when a driver, let us say, is leaving a private property on a private road, and is approaching a “T” intersection preparing to enter traffic onto a main road. The driver slows down looks both directions and believes the way is clear, then as they enter the main road, suddenly, another vehicle appears right there in front of them, where they were certain, only seconds ago there was nothing. Extensive discussions with several optometrists about this exact matter revealed that a quick glance in these circumstances can reveal that nothing is there at all, when in fact, a much more thorough and repeated and longer observation will show that there is a vehicle there. This discussion suggests that drivers must always look very thoroughly, repeatedly and broadly in all relevant directions when approaching danger spots, and always leave enough time to conduct this methodical and detailed observation, in order to safely enter and pass through each danger spot area.

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James K Glaspy
Author of Driver's Safety: Danger Spot and Speed Manual

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Driver Fatigue and Turning Suggestions

Welcome back to the discussion with the author, James K Glaspy, of the textbook titled Driver's Safety, for constant use in all conditions. I had intended to discuss here the section titled Danger Spots on Roads, however, I have instead by request decided to mention two other equally and very important points covered in the text. These topics are Fatigue, and Turning Suggestions, mentioned on pages sixty seven and sixty nine. If you have already read the text it will be clear to you by now, that the book is entirely centered on accident avoidance and fatigue management, and therefore, if you have not yet viewed the book, some of these points mentioned much later in the text may seem difficult to grasp.

In the section titled Fatigue, suggestions in the text include, the driver considering the options of avoiding the consumption of bread and flour based foods prior to, and while, driving, as the digestion of “these foods may leave you feeling tired and sleepy - usually twenty to thirty minutes after consumption.” (p67, Driver's Safety). Constant consumption of fresh cool water, sipping every few minutes, is also a very effective and available weapon, in combating a vicious attack, from the overwhelming symptoms associated with the driving sickness fatigue. Applied together, and with the other suggestions in the text, including the section titled Safety Suggestions, which includes options the driver may observe in regards to placing the vehicle in the safest part of the traveling lane, usually close to the side, and keeping it precisely there at all times, only moving near the middle of the road when avoiding traffic on the side. Also in Safety Suggestions are options the driver may consider when placing the vehicle a safe distance from the vehicle in front of your vehicle when following. Observing closely and methodically these important suggestions, the driver can manage fatigue far more safely and effectively.

It is also very important to note, that while identifying and researching the common concept of this driver illness called fatigue, where the driver becomes tired and sleepy, sometimes within minutes of entering the vehicle, and in some instances are almost unable to move their arms or legs, and balance on the very edge of consciousness, an interesting observation was made. To recreate the exact same effects of fatigue on demand and immediately, inside the cabin of a stationary vehicle with the engine running fast and the windows closed, various parts of the hot engine had to be lightly doused with fresh motor oil, and those hot oil fumes then drawn into the cabin, through the vehicles own fresh air ventilation system. Escaping hot oil fumes from within the the engine block, from a loose fitting oil level stick, or a loose oil cap, or an open blow-by pipe, will also be drawn into the cabin, through the vehicles own fresh air ventilation system. This observation suggests that the vehicle should always be driven with the windows at least partially down, to ensure a constant flow of fresher cleaner air is always entering the cabin of the vehicle, to assist the driver in avoiding the effects of fatigue.

In the section titled Turning Suggestions the text includes options the driver may observe when entering and turning at intersections. Also included is a description of the repeated observations that can be made to ensure the way is clear when crossing other lanes, and when entering traffic at all intersections.

Thanks for reading, see you next post.

James K Glaspy
Author of Driver's Safety: Danger Spot and Speed Manual

Timothy G Albiez
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Update

Welcome back to the blog with the author James K Glaspy, discussing and using the book Driver's Safety, as a guide for every driver on each and every road journey. As mentioned in the last blog, I will briefly discuss the group of topics listed there, which are also included in the text. There are, however, many other important topics which I will discuss here, and which are also mentioned in the book, but for now the section titled Weather Conditions in the text on pages eighteen to twenty, are the topics of discussion. This part of the book follows the Introduction and is intended to introduce the driver to the notion of more clearly identifying the road and weather conditions when driving. In particular, the shape, surface and width of the road in front of the vehicle, and of more clearly identifying the quality of the driver's visibility of the road in front of the vehicle and of the road beyond.

In Weather Conditions, these two distinctly different problem areas are isolated and defined, and the text includes separate suggestions that the driver may observe when approaching and passing through each different area. Firstly and very importantly, is Reduced Visibility, which is outlined in the text and refers to times when it becomes simply more difficult to see where you are going, either because of rain, fog, smoke, darkness or sunlight glare etc. Suggestions in the book that the driver may wish to observe, refer to each different reduced visibility condition. These suggestions are intended to help keep the driver safe, and help reduce the risk of the driver losing control of the vehicle, or of being involved in an accident while driving the vehicle in these reduced visibility conditions.

The second area defined and of equal importance is Altered Road Conditions, and the text includes suggestions the driver may wish to consider when the shape, surface or width of the road change, such as in the rain, or on sleet, snow or in mud etc. Also mentioned are unsealed and narrow roads, and most importantly, sharp corners on uneven roads. Included in the text are suggestions the driver may consider when approaching and traveling on different road conditions, and when approaching corners on roads of different types and with different surfaces and in different weather conditions. Again these suggestions are intended to help keep the driver safe, and help reduce the risk of the driver losing control of the vehicle, or of being involved in an accident while driving the vehicle on these altered road conditions.

Thanks for reading, see you next post.

James K Glaspy
Author of Driver's Safety: Danger Spot and Speed Manual

Timothy G Albiez
Promotions Manager


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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Driver's Safety: Danger Spot and Speed Manual

Welcome to the blog, I am James K Glaspy the author of DRIVER'S SAFETY: Danger Spot and Speed Manual Published by Athena Press London in 2006. In this blog I will write about the contents of the textbook to help those interested in the subject grasp some of the objectives intended by the author. Readers may ask questions about the text and I will endeavor to respond as best I can. The book is exclusively my own opinion, and I am not affiliated with any other heavy rail transport, or electrical safety authority. It is one of several products I have forged from precise point problem area identification, research and development, intended to significantly improve personal safety. But first a quick formality.

DISCLAIMER
The author and publisher of Driver's Safety cannot be held liable for any personal harm or injury, property damage, economic loss, emotional distress or other detriments arising during or as a result of adherence to the suggestions mentioned here and therein. The reader utilizes the suggestions at their own risk and is under no implied or express obligation to adhere to the views expressed by the author. Driver's Safety and the suggestions within it cannot, therefore, be used as an excuse for failing to avoid an accident, and it cannot be used by any individual to excuse or blame a driver for negligence in the event of a collision. The reader uses the text at their own risk, and are entirely personally liable for any detrimental consequences resulting from their actions.

Driver's Safety is a small simply written textbook which looks in detail at the many different roadways and related intersections and crossings, which all drivers commute on and through daily. It is an easy to read guide, that helps drivers identify and negotiate the various types of roads and surfaces, in the many and varied weather conditions. It covers loaded and unloaded vehicle types including motorcycle, car, four wheel drive, light and heavy truck and trailer, and bus. Copies of the text have been issued to both State and Federal Police for inspection, and it does not conflict with any current State or Federal Legislation.

The book is now available by order at most book stores and also here on this blog, and is intended to be used immediately by drivers. Copies of the text can be quickly acquired from most libraries, and in my opinion, drivers are required to view the printed published paperback version, of the text if possible, to observe, identify, and remember, the many necessary details and points mentioned therein. In general, the book is very environmentally and economically friendly in regards to fuel consumption of vehicles, and the text enables drivers to use their vehicles in an optimum environmentally sustainable manner.

I will outline here the basic contents of the text, and of how best to observe the suggestions mentioned therein. Gradually working through all the topics mentioned in the book, readers will quickly come to realize the importance of the text, and whether or not they wish to acquire a paperback copy of it. In upcoming posts I will cover the following topics, as they appear in the text:
  • WEATHER CONDITIONS
  • DANGER SPOTS ON ROADS
  • CONDITION SUGGESTIONS
  • NON RESIDENTAL CONDITION SUGGESTIONS
  • SEMI RESIDENTIAL CONDITION SUGGESTIONS
  • RESIDENTAL CONDITION SUGGESTIONS
  • CONDITION AND SUGGESTION CHARTS
  • DANGER SPOT SUGGESTION CHARTS
  • FATIGUE
  • SAFETY SUGGESTIONS
  • TURNING SUGGESTIONS
  • ROUTE PLAN
Thanks for reading, see you next post.

James K Glaspy
Author of Drivers Safety: Danger Spot and Speed Manual

Timothy G Albiez
Promotions Manager


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