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Distractions and driving in stage four

Types of distractions in stage four 

Strategies to manage distractions in stage four

Mobiles and devices

Video: What happened to Karla?

Passengers

How your learner can manage the distraction of passengers

Passengers and your learner's mental workload

Types of distractions in stage four

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Adjusting heater/air con.

 

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Adjusting music on the radio.

 

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Navigating to a place.

 

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Conversations with passengers.

 

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Receiving a phone call.

 

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Receiving a message.

 

Strategies to manage distractions in stage four
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The situation:

Your learner is trying to drive with loose objects in the vehicle.

They can:

Secure any loose objects before they start driving.

Pull over and put them away.

Taking eyes off the road environment for just two seconds doubles your learner's crash risk.

What happened to Karla?

See what happened to Karla that changed the way she she looks at using mobiles in the car.

How to manage the distraction of passengers

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Minimal conversation

Keep conversations to minimum and talk quietly.
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Keep phones on silent

Not distract your learner with their mobiles.
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Keep quiet in busy areas

Stay quiet in busy areas or heavy traffic.
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Keep any music on low

Keep music on low so they can focus on driving.
On their P1 licence, your learner can only carry one peer passenger aged 16 to 22 years.