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To drive safely, you need to concentrate and be able to monitor everything that is happening on the road. To do this, you need to: To drive safely, you need to concentrate and be able to monitor everything that is happening on the road. To do this, you need to:

  • A. Ask other occupants in the vehicle to watch out for possible dangers.

  • B. Continually scan the road, looking ahead, to the sides, checking side and rear mirrors and anticipate what may happen.

  • C. Turn all your attention only to the road ahead.

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. Continually scan all directions from the vehicle so that you can anticipate situations that may occur where you need to react.
     
 
 
 

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.