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.

Thanks for reading, see you next post.

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

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