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