Driving Web Links
13 Sharing the Roadway
U.S. Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Facts http://www.bts.gov/ntda/nts/
Get the facts! The Department of Transportation maintains an archive of
traffic and highway statistics that can be viewed or downloaded from their
site. From the National Transportation Statistics page you can click on
the Reports and Products button to access facts on safety, energy and
the environment, and the transportation system in the U.S. Choose a subject
you are interested in and study the information provided. Working in small
groups, compile a booklet of facts and information you find here.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
About 80,000 pedestrians are injured annually in the United States, and
during the 1990s, 5,000 to 6,000 died each year. This question-and-answer
Web site provides a clear picture of the problems that pedestrians pose
for drivers. Where and when are pedestrians most likely to be struck?
Report your findings to your class.
Share the Road
Get a handle on how to safely share the road with trucks. The Share the
Road Brochure provided at this Web site identifies the areas around trucks
where crashes are more likely to occur. What are a truck's limitations
in terms of maneuverability, stopping distances, and blind spots? Report
your findings to your class.
Emergency Medical Personnel http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ems/pub/letthem.html
Yielding to emergency personnel can mean the difference between life and
death--both for you and the person waiting for help to arrive. This Web
site identifies simple things you can do to help emergency personnel reach
a person in need. Find out how remembering the letters SIREN can help
you recall the right of way of an emergency vehicle. Create a poster to
share this recall tip with your classmates.
Check off the tips provided by Operation Lifesavers, an education program
dedicated to reducing driver and pedestrian risks at railway crossings.
What is the stopping distance for a 150-car freight train traveling at
30 miles per hour? Create a bulletin board to increase awareness of the
dangers of railway crossings and ways to reduce risks when driving.
Gateway: Rules of the Road http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/rr/chap9.html
Knowing the laws that apply to other roadway users will prepare you for
safely sharing the road. Become familiar with the responsibilities of
pedestrians, motorcyclists, moped drivers, snowmobile operators, and others
who share the road. Try the short quiz at the end of the document to test
your knowledge. In a small group, prepare a panel discussion of the laws
that regulate all who share the road.
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