Driver Training: Space Management

The procedures and techniques for controlling the space around the vehicle, including; Space cushions, (e.g., controlling space ahead/to the rear), Space to the sides, and Space for traffic gaps.

What Will Your Driver Learn in This Unit?

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What Will Happen In This Unit

This unit begins with an online classroom lesson in which you will learn techniques for, and the importance of, controlling the space around your vehicle. In the second lesson you will apply the principles learned in the classroom to actual street operation.

This lesson consists of text and video. Read the text and watch the lessons below. Feel free to take a break and comeback. Your overview page will update after you complete all of the lessons.

Space Management Advanced One

To be a safe driver, you need space all around your vehicle. When things go wrong, space gives you time to think and to take action. To have space available when something goes wrong, you need to manage space.

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Space Management Advanced Two

The procedures and techniques for controlling the space around the vehicle, including; space cushions, (e.G., Controlling space ahead/to the rear), space to the sides, and space for traffic gaps.

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Timed Interval Driving

How To Do It

Formula

Basic formula is one full second for every 10 feet of vehicle length (or fraction thereof) for speeds up to 40 mph.

Example: Tractor-trailer

  • 40-foot vehicle requires 4 seconds
  • 50-foot vehicle requires 5 seconds
  • 60-foot vehicle requires 6 seconds
  • Round the length of vehicle up (e.g., 36-foot long rig equals 40 feet, V-foot long rig equals 50 feet, etc.)
  • For speeds above 40 mph, you must add another second to the basic formula
  • Example: 50-foot rig traveling 48 mph

    Basic requirement (50 feet) = 5 seconds

    Above 40 mph requirement = 1 second

    Total time needed = 6 seconds

    For bad weather, poor visibility or slick road conditions, you must add at least one additional second to the formula, and depending upon the severity of the conditions, you may need to add additional seconds.

    Example: 63-foot rig traveling 55 mph in bad visibility (a very dangerous thing to do)

  • Basic requirement (70 feet) = 7 seconds
  • Above 40 mph requirement = 1 second
  • Bad weather/visibility/road requirement = 1 second
  • Total time needed = 9 seconds
  • For night driving always add 1 second to the basic formula (because of reduced visibility)
  • Download the Timed Interval Driving Method.

    Description of Lab Lesson

    Application of Space Management

    In the first exercise of this lesson, you will be recording the length of time it takes to cross traffic at an intersection, enter traffic at an intersection and pass a vehicle ahead. A student will drive while the instructor times the maneuvers with a stopwatch.

    In the second exercise of this lesson, you will practice decoding when a gap is large enough to allow you to enter traffic, cross traffic or pass a vehicle ahead. To practice judging gaps in crossing and entering traffic, you will be stopped at an intersection. The instructor will pick out an approaching car. You will say "Now" at the last moment that you think you could safely pull out into the street and enter or cross traffic. The instructor will time the interval between when you say "now" and when the car crosses your path. He will then compare the time it took you in the first exercise, to pull into or across traffic, to the length of the gap you chose in this exercise.

    To practice judging gaps in passing, you will drive down a two-lane road. As a car approaches in the opposite direction, you will say "now" at the last moment that you think you could safely pull out, pass a vehicle ahead and pull back into your lane. The instructor will time the interval between when you say "now" and when the oncoming car passes by. He will then compare the time it took you in the first exercise to pass a vehicle ahead, to the length of the gap you chose in this exercise.

    In the third exercise in this lesson you will apply the principles of space management taught in the classroom to on-street operation. Students will take turns driving and observing. While you are an observer, you will keep track of the driver's performance using the observer checklist included in your student material.

    Download the Student Road Observation Checklist

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