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35. Environmental Conditions

Conditions of the environment both inside and outside your vehicle can also affect your ability to concentrate, be courteous, and drive safely.

Conditions outside of your vehicle, such as heavy traffic, bad weather, and road work can cause you to become stressed, especially if you are in a hurry. There is usually very little that you can do to alleviate the situation. If you find yourself in this situation and notice that you are becoming stressed, get off the road and make a phone call to inform someone that you are going to be late.

Become familiar with routes you are going to drive and the traffic conditions on the route at different times of the day. In the future, allow extra time when driving that route, or try another one instead.

Chronic traffic congestion is the California commuter's biggest headache, but even small changes in driving habits could provide relief of traffic congestion. Avoid doing the following:

  • rubbernecking (slowing down to look at accidents or other situations)
  • tailgating (following too closely)
  • unnecessary lane changes (weaving in and out of traffic lanes)
  • inattention (e.g., eating, grooming, talking on a cellular phone, reading, etc.)

  • If another driver does something to make you angry, take a few deep breaths and do not react aggressively. Remember that people just sometimes make mistakes (including you) and forget about it.

    Conditions inside of your vehicle, such as distracting passengers, loud music, and doing other things while driving can also cause you to drive unsafely. Driving is a complex task that requires your full attention.




    Lesson Summary


      

    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.

    1. When listening to your car radio, or other audio device:


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    2. Your "Field of Vision" is:


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


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    5. A vehicles' "blind spots" are:


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