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29. Attitudes for Good Driving

Having the physical ability to operate a motor vehicle is really only half the picture. Being in the right psychological state - that is, having the right attitudes, traits, and motivation - is also essential to driving safely, being courteous, and avoiding accidents and traffic citations.

Young drivers' over-involvement in traffic accidents stems from lack of driving experience, exposure to accident risk, alcohol/drug consumption, perceptual abilities, inexperience identifying and handling hazardous situations, personality structure, internal and external influences, poor judgment, excessive speed, and attitudinal factors such as risk-taking propensity.

Being ready to drive involves more than just checking your vehicle equipment and having a license. You have to be mentally prepared for different traffic conditions and have gained all the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities through practice and training courses. To drive safely you have to have readiness, which is to be completely focused on the task at hand.

You have to be motivated to learn and apply safe driving attitudes. You need to first be motivated to learn how to be a safe driver in driver education and training, and then be motivated to apply what you have learned to actual driving situations. Not all drivers will drive as safely as you do; you have to be motivated to have a safe driving attitude, regardless of other drivers' behavior towards you.




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Lesson 3 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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  2. A vehicles' "blind spots" are:


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  3. The colorless, odorless and poisonous gas from the exhaust is called:


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  4. The "P" in the SIPDE process stands for:


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  5. Your "Field of Vision" is:


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