The Safe Driver seminar is unique to the southeast as it incorporates hands-on driving experiences. The ability to successfully execute the proper crash avoidance procedure in an emergency is often times the difference between a simple scare and a crash that could maim or kill. In order to properly perform in an emergency, the drivers must not only possess the knowledge of what must be done, but the ability to perform the maneuver. The Safe Driver seminar utilizes the following series of driving maneuvers to facilitate the development of proper, well-timed, and effective crash avoidance driving techniques:
|1. Serpentine Driving - The purpose is to develop timing and steering skills. Coordination of hand, eye, and foot are stressed. Drivers integrate the ability to judge vehicle placement with respect to fixed objects.|
|2. Emergency Braking - The drivers become familiar with the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system (ABS), by utilizing maximum braking and bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.|
|3. Evasive Maneuvers - The purpose of this exercise is to teach the drivers the evasive capabilities of an automobile and how to maximize these capabilities. Emphasis is placed on steering the vehicle out of a hazardous situation while avoiding the tendency to panic brake.|
|4. Precision Driving - This activity acquaints drivers with the cornering ability of a vehicle. Smooth acceleration and rhythmical steering patterns are emphasized.|
|5. Controlled Braking - This exercise is designed to develop the driver’s ability to maximize braking capacity without losing the ability to steer the vehicle. Application is made to both controlled braking and anti-lock braking.|
|6. Skid Control - This sequence allows the drivers to experience a series of wet pavement skids under controlled conditions. The drivers receive instruction on how skids occur as well as the proper steering recommendations to correct the skid. Tips on the prevention of skids are also presented.|
Each student drives a Traffic Safety Center vehicle in the series of driving course performance exercises. Ample time is allotted to allow gradual upgrading of execution techniques. Students should leave this course segment with a greater comprehension of vehicle control skills.