Driving Lessons Dernancourt – Understanding The System Of Car Control: Part 2
In Part 2 of this article we’re going to look in some detail at the “drills” that encompass the System. The System has been designed as the embodiment of a range of skills, knowledge and competencies that are considered to be critical when driving. These skills include:
- Car and road craft: you should have total control, understanding and awareness of everything inside and outside your car
- Compliance with road rules and regulations
- Your attitude towards driving
The System of Car Control is embedded in the driving teaching methods employed by the South Australian government. This means that when you apply for the Vehicle On Road Test (VORT) or the CBT or Logbook method of assessment to gain a driver’s licence, you will be expected to understand the System and drive accordingly in a range of driving situations.
What Are The Systems Actions Or Drills?
The System employs 6 main actions that must be undertaken in the correct manner and in the right sequence. You may not use all of these steps in a normal journey however it is important to learn the actions in case you need them in the future. The steps are as follows:
Plan And Select Your Course
This first step is all about thinking ahead in order to navigate you and your car as safely through whatever hazards or challenges that may face you. Considering your path means reviewing the traffic flow around you and the road (including the driving conditions) and choosing the best possible route.
Mirrors and signals
This step is critical in determining your position in the traffic, and in particular what the cars on either side and behind you are doing. Using your signals lets other drivers (and anyone else using the road such as pedestrians) know what you are intending to do. Many accidents happen because drivers missed this very important step.
When you correctly read the situation around you and up ahead of you on the road, you should be able to determine the best speed to be going in any given situation. If, for example, you are approaching a roundabout, the best possible course of action is to slow down before you reach it, and then assess the course of action again when you reach it.
Gears, Mirrors and Blind Spot
At the appropriate time during your trip you will have to make a decision as to whether it is safe to continue – for example, if you are at a traffic light or approaching a T-junction. The decision-making process involves choosing the right gears, checking your mirrors and checking your blind spot.
This step leads on directly from the previous step, and is only needed in an emergency or if you have made a mistake in the previous steps – for example, if you’ve forgotten to check your blind spot.
This step will be necessary in situations when you’re about to complete an action such as turning a corner or taking your turn in a roundabout.
You can find more information and examples of the System in the Blue Section of the Drivers Companion as well as online. You can also find out more about safe driving methods and techniques from your professional driving instructor.
Driving Lessons Dernancourt – We teach the complete system of car control.