I spy with my little eye…

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  1. Russ Chaplin says:

    It’s amazing how many drivers do not turn their heads when driving and simply stare ahead at what’s directly in front of them. They even look ahead while turning so won’t see whatever is in the new road until they hit it.
    I like to use the fishing rod technique for getting drivers to look properly. Cast your eyes as far ahead as you can and then reel in to the near ground taking in as many details as possible, quick glance in the rear view and then cast out again. Works for me.

  2. Mike Matheson says:

    Driving my son back from hockey one day, I took a detour on Leslie Street in Stoney Creek — a long street ending in a cul-de-sac. As we drove along, I told him the story of a student named Frank who had done lessons with me and gotten his licence, but somehow found he was short one lesson. He had been licenced for quite some time and was now much more confident (too much more!) but when he started up the car for our make-up lesson, he confessed that he had forgotten the YD habits.

    I told him that knowing the names and numbers of the habits was not as important as applying them. As we drove, we came upon Leslie St. and I thought it would be a good place to do a 3 pt turn and maybe a parallel park. As we drove, I spotted a cube van parked ahead and another car behind it. I told him that, since we could not see underneath (ground viewing) we should slow down and cover the brake and horn. “Why?” he asked. I replied, “Well, it’s a delivery truck, so someone might walk out without looking.”

    “No,” he said, “They’d look first.” I responded by telling him that they SHOULD do that, but there was no guarantee. “Well,” he insisted, “In my opinion they’d look first.” Mere seconds later we were close to the vehicle and, as if on cue, someone stepped out without looking and Frank slammed on the brakes. My comment, as you might guess, was a rather unsubtle “You were saying?”

    I was hoping he be embarrassed and he was, but covered it up by telling me how stupid that guy was. I agreed, but told him that the fact that person was stupid didn’t give us the right to kill him. It could have just as easily been a child who didn’t know any better. I said look, having confidence is great, but overconfidence, whether in yourself or other drivers and pedestrians, leads to disaster. I finished by saying, “This may have been the most important lesson of all. We don’t have to worry about colliding with smart people and good drivers. The only problem is, we never know which ones they are.”

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