Lesson 1: Sharing the Road

While you can’t control others’ actions, you can manage your own reactions to avoid possible problems on the road. Being courteous, keeping a space cushion around your vehicle, and letting other drivers know your intentions will all keep the roads a little safer. In this lesson, you’ll learn to effectively communicate with other drivers and become more aware of figuring out their intentions.

Knowing the best way to communicate with others on the road will help you avoid confusion at best, and a collision, at worst.

Inside your car, you communicate by using your car’s tools such as turn indicators, hazard lights, brake lights, horn and your vehicle’s most important communication tool — you.

By making others aware of your intentions, camaraderie is established on the road, confusion is avoided, and everyone benefits from steering clear of collisions.

Communication with Other Drivers

No doubt you’ve heard these words countless times. And, no wonder. It’s still the most serious problem threatening the safety of our nation’s roadways.

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Anticipate the Behavior of Other Drivers

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Lesson 2: Starting, Stopping and Backing Up

Stopping and starting involves getting used to the feel of the gas and brake pedals, and smoothly transitioning between them.

Proper braking and gas control will keep your car under control and provide a more comfortable ride for passengers.

The next video highlights important things to remember when starting and stopping your vehicle.

Starts and Stops

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Lesson 3: Entering and Exiting Parking Lots

Entrances and exits of parking lots contain many potential hazards.

Let’s go over some basics skills to better prepare you.

Entering and Exiting Parking Lots

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Lesson 4: Navigating Intersections

Constant scanning, slower speeds and extra caution when navigating intersections will go a long way toward making the roads safer for all.

Let’s take a look at managing intersections with traffic signals and stop signs.

Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for all drivers. Learning to navigate them safely is one of the most critical aspects of driving.

Residential Intersections

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Busy Intersections

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Next Steps

Continue with the next module, Highway Driving.

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