Saturday, March 20, 2010

Condition Suggestions

Welcome back readers once again to the discussion about the details of the textbook titled Driver's Safety with the author James K Glaspy, for every driver on every road in virtually every possible weather condition.

In this post I will discuss the procedural section of the text titled Condition Suggestions covered on pages twenty seven through to fifty six. This is the largest section of the book and refers to the five different types of road conditions mentioned therein.

Also covered in this section are the three different zones mentioned, with separate reference suggestion options for wet weather driving, including suggestions for light rain, medium rain and heavy rain. Each of the three different types of vehicles acknowledged in the book are also included throughout this section, and it is intended that virtually every possible road condition that the driver may encounter in every type of vehicle, is effectively and comprehensively outlined.

Beginning on page twenty seven, the actual definition of each of the five road conditions is explained, and a description of how the driver identifies each condition is included. For example, Adequate, refers to inter and intra State highways which link cities together, and includes multi lane freeways, dual carriageways, and conventional well built two lane roadways that are wide, sealed and signposted with declared speed limits, and with clear line-markings for each traveling lane.

Narrow, refers to main country roads which link towns together and these are usually narrower with more hills and corners and narrow bridges, and with less lane line-markings, and with fewer or no signposted declared speed limits, and are generally in worse condition, with large shoulders, pot holes and rough uneven surfaces.

Unsealed, refers to unsealed main gravel surfaced roads which link small communities and farming areas together and are usually narrow dusty and very slippery when wet, and often join areas of land between Adequate and Narrow roads. Track, refers to very narrow unsealed gravel and dirt surfaced roads, which are usually under maintained and often link isolated areas together and are usually only one lane wide with very narrow bridges and causeways, and sharp corners.

All Other, refers to acutely narrow winding dirt surfaced roads and bush tracks usually in very remote areas well away from any settlements, and also includes very narrow one lane lane-ways, between small narrow streets within small communities.

Each of the five different road conditions are included and covered in each of the three different zones mentioned, comprising of Non-Residential areas, Semi-Residential areas, and Residential areas. Each of these three zones is then again divided within the text, into four different driving weather conditions, which include Day-dry, Day-wet, Night-dry and Night-wet conditions.

The three different types of vehicles mentioned in the book are, Car and Four Wheel Drive, Truck and Bus, and Motorcycle, and are all included throughout this entire section, effectively giving the driver a vast array of suggested options to choose from when driving any of the vehicles in any of the different road and weather conditions.

With these suggested options at hand in the text, the driver can now much more safety navigate virtually any road and weather condition which arises, in any vehicle at any time of day or night, and therefore exclude the possibility of being caught traveling too fast in wet or dangerous conditions, or on narrow roads, or when entering sharp corners or negotiating unsealed roads, and most importantly of all when traveling on those roads unfamiliar to the driver.

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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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Re-cap on the Important Posts of 2009

Seasons Greetings and a Cheerful New Year to all readers and drivers, and welcome back once again to the blog of the text Driver's Safety with the author James K Glaspy. In this Post I will recap on last years work and briefly mention some new points which have emerged recently and warrant inclusion here. Remember this text can be ordered for viewing from your local library anywhere in the world free of charge and you can access a copy of it there within days of your request.

In the Post titled Update of 22.07.09 and in the sections titled Weather Conditions and Reduced Visibility in the text, drivers are urged here to assess the visibility of the road and the weather conditions each time they enter the vehicle and to apply the appropriate measures mentioned in the text to those various weather conditions. Altered Road Conditions in the text refers to the surface condition of the road and is very important to driver safety. Drivers are urged to identify the shape, width and surface of the road, and whether the road is completely level or not in front of the vehicle, and to apply the appropriate measures mentioned in the text to the conditions outside the vehicle, including applying the various cornering suggestions to the different road surfaces in the different weather conditions.

In the Post titled Driver Fatigue and Turning Suggestions of 11.08.09 and in the sections titled Fatigue, Turning Suggestions, and Safety Suggestions in the text, drivers are here urged to avoid consuming flour based foods and breads prior to and while driving as these may leave you feeling sleepy and lethargic for several minutes soon after consumption. Always ensure cool water is kept in the vehicle and sipped constantly while traveling and keep the vehicle close to the side of the traveling lane at all times, to keep you alert and aware of the road conditions directly ahead, unless unsafe to do so. The limited amount of air inside the vehicle cabin must be kept clean at all times from contamination of any type. To help achieve this keep the fresh air vent on the dash closed to avoid contaminating the cabin air with engine oil fumes and engine exhaust fumes drawn into the cabin through this vent. Open windows slightly to keep a flow of fresh air entering the cabin and be aware that even an air conditioning system in the vehicle that is malfunctioning and running cool then hot erratically, can cause fatigue like symptoms including drowsiness, and the driver must immediately act to avoid being affected by these very dangerous circumstances. In this instance turn off the air conditioner immediately and lower the windows quickly to help overcome and control any adverse feelings of tiredness or illness.

In the Post titled Danger Spots on Roads of 09.10.2009 and in the section titled Danger Spots on Roads in the text, drivers are urged to approach and enter all intersections and rail line level crossings at all times with extreme caution, applying the appropriate measures mentioned in the text to each danger spot to assist in ensuring the risk here is reduced and avoided. Drivers are also urged to repeatedly visually check all approaching road ways at each and every intersection, and all lines at all rail line level crossings well before entering and crossing, even when a green light is displayed at the intersection, and if you have the right of way to proceed, and if the rail boom gates are open and the warning lights are not flashing. A very broad, thorough, complete, and prolonged inspection of each one of the entire nine danger spots is necessary prior to entry, to ensure a safer passage into and through these recognized notoriously dangerous street intersections and extremely dangerous rail line level crossings.

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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