Space Cushion and Following Distance
What is it?
Why do you need to do it?
Safe Stop Gap
Incomplete – Thumbnail – Two Car Stopped Very Close to each other with newsha in complete shock in front of it.
Incomplete: Why do we leave so much space between the vehicle in front of us at a stop?
What is it?
Why we leave it?
[Walk to the front of the vehicle.]
Notice how much space there is between the vehicle and where this pylon is. This is a good amount of space to leave when you are stopped behind another car at a red right.
Can you think of the reasons why we would want to leave so much room?
[Show student thinking]
Ummm, no, not really.
[Show me][Show a car with it’s hazard lights on and flashers on from the back]
Well what about if the car in front of us suddenly experiences a break down?
[Show me][Show a driver signal, checking rear view mirror, side mirror, shoulder checking and pulling out from behind this car]
We can maneuver around it right?
[Show me][Show a car traveling quickly towards us][POV of the driver looking into their rear view mirror, signalling, checking side mirror, shoulder checking, and changing lanes and the other car comes to a stop half way where we were parked.]
What about if we are sitting at a light and we notice the car approaching us from behind is not paying attention. We have this room that we can use to get out of their way right?
[Show me][Show two cars on a steep hill with the light turning green and the car in front rolling backwards]
What about if we behind a manual car on a steep hill and the light turns green and they roll back?
[Show me][Show the exhaust of a vehicle in front of another vehicle.]
Also, why would we want to inhale the exhaust from the car in front of us?
Are there any cons to being this far back from the other cars?
Uhhh I can’t think of any?
[Show me putting another pylon down.]
Neither can I! There are no prizes are being handed out yet everybody seems to do it.
Alright why you don’t you get back into the driver’s seat and we can now discuss the blind spots of this vehicle.
[Student walks towards the driver’s door and opens it, and gets in]
[I get into the vehicle as well]
So before we get into blind spots, I want to draw your attention to a few more blind areas. Can you guess where they are? Ummm this? Yes, spot on! These support columns are great at hiding pedestrians waiting at an intersection to cross.