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It is important to scan while driving so you can see everything that is happening on the road. What does scanning involve? It is important to scan while driving so you can see everything that is happening on the road. What does scanning involve?

  • A. Looking further ahead down the road when driving.

  • B. Continually looking ahead, to the sides and using all mirrors when driving.

  • C. Looking in the rear and side mirrors continually when driving.

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. Continually scanning in all directions keeps you aware of the situation all around you and gives you a better chance of reacting to emergency situations.
     
 
 
 

What is scanning when driving or riding?

Scanning is where you look ahead, to the sides and in your mirrors so that you build a picture of where other vehicles are, what hazards are ahead and where your potential exit routes are if you need to take evasive action.

The driver should be looking as far ahead as possible for clues about what is happening on the road ahead. For example:

You'll also be looking in your mirrors:

And you will be periodically checking your blind spot if you are changing lanes or turning, and you should keep an eye on any vehicles that are in lanes either side of you if you are on a multi-laned road.

As you can see, there's a lot to consider and you won't consciously be thinking of every single one all the time. As you get better at scanning you will automatically recognise and act on changes in road conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.