As a driver, you will constantly face hazards on the road. A hazard is any object or situation that could be dangerous.
To deal with hazards safely, you should get into the habit of using the hazard action plan and system of car control described in this section.
When you're driving you should always be:
For example, if there are children playing near the kerb. They may run out after a ball or after each other. Using the system of vehicle control, choose a course as far away from the children as possible (while still keeping on your side of the road), check the mirror, use the brakes and slow down.
This system is a safe and simple method of driving that will help you deal with hazards safely. It ensures you are always positioned in the right place on the road, and travelling at the right speed and in the right gear.
Use this system when you approach any type of hazard.
Course: choose a safe and legal path.
Mirrors: check your mirrors frequently to see the position of all other traffic around you.
Signal: always signal if you intend to change your position on the road.
Brake: use the brakes to reduce your speed.
Gear: select the correct gear for the speed you have chosen.
Accelerate: accelerate safely to leave the hazard.
Last updated: 29 May 2013