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Anticipating and managing traffic situations

Anticipating and managing traffic situations

Traffic is a system involving a large number of participants and a variety of conditions, all of which may cause risks. By regulating your speed you can give yourself time to observe and recognize any risk factors. This ability is also tested in the driving examination.


Traffic rules and road signs

You have learned the traffic signs and traffic rules and comply with them. You understand the importance of complying with them for predictability in traffic.


Positioning your vehicle

You know how to position your vehicle correctly in intersections and when in a driving lane. You understand the importance of the correct positioning of your vehicle from the perspective of safety and predictability. You are aware of the risks involved when positioning your vehicle and the potential for hazardous situations.


Selecting the right lane in intersections

You know how to select the right lane in intersections. You understand the importance of correct lane selection for safety and predictable driving.



You know how to adjust the speed of your vehicle. You are aware of the effects of speed on the stopping distance in different road conditions and on different road surfaces. You also understand the importance of regulating your speed for anticipating traffic situations and predictable driving.


Making observations

You are able to see as far ahead as possible and understand the importance of continuous active observations for anticipation, recognizing risks and avoiding hazards. You recognize signs and signals important in terms of anticipation.



You know the sufficient distance to other vehicles. You understand the importance of distance for anticipating traffic situations as well as the requirements set by road conditions and other special circumstances on distances. You know how to react to errors made by other road users and any faults in automated systems.


Traffic environment and special conditions

You are able to identify the particular risks associated with each traffic environment (city, urban area, road, motorway) and different conditions (darkness, slippery roads, rain, snow, fog). You are able to anticipate any hazardous situations and prepare for errors made by other road users.



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