Driving in city Traffic

By: Jake Botts

~Drive safe~

Have you ever noticed that everyone driving slower than you is an idiot & that everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?

-George Carlin

14.1, Adjusting to city traffic.

Traffic can be complex. City traffic is faster, heavy and usually more challenging, if not careful or cautious, an accident could occur.

If you would like to keep your car on the road and organs where they should be, then use something that all experienced drivers use. It's called the "IPDE" process.

what is the IPDE process?

*Identify* Identify the possible hazards, such as cars parked on the sides of streets, or search your zones

*Predict* Predict what people may do, or predict what could happen

*Decide* Decide when and how to do something

*Execute* Execute what you've decided to do.

14.2 Following and Meeting traffic
  1. Avoid conflict if you can, it's not a race to see who can cause the most property damage.
  2. "Covering the brake" if you cover your brake, you can keep yourself ready to actually brake in the event you need split second reaction timing.
  3. Don't ride the brake when you cover it, this could cause more harm then help you.
  4. If there's a parked vehicle on the side of the road, take these actions.
  • Cover your brake, move left unless there's oncoming traffic
  • Look for drivers, you may see the through the parked vehicles window.
  • honk your horn if you need to, this'll scare someone who should be watching for cars, and isn't
  • As always, stay within the speed limit so that if someone opens their door, you won't take it off.

*A Tailgater is someone who follows too closely*


Select the best lane. When you choose your best lane, do some of the following:

  • Increase your following distance to more than three seconds if need be.
  • Be sure to adjust your speed appropriately.
  • once you're in a lane, do your best to remain in that lane.
  • If your front zone is suddenly cut off, move to another lane.
  • When passing, don't pass over solid yellow lines, that's illegal.
  • Be sure to watch for pedestrians when passing, or other cars.

14.4 Special city situations

One way streets are usually more cluttered, they have cars following in everyday, funneling in from two way streets.

  • when turning on a one way street do your very best to identify if there's a car closer or farther from your turn.
  • DO NOT turn if there is a sign that specifically tells you not too, that's also illegal.
  • to leave a one way street turn a tad bit to the left, it could save your life ahead of time.
  • Use zone control to determine your actions as well as the IPDE process.
Quiz time!

There's multiple answers for multiple questions.

  1. In the event that you're driving and manage to drive in the wrong lane, what should you do?
  2. What is the IPDE process?
  3. What is a tailgater?
  4. What is one way you can identify a one-way street?
  5. What do you do if someone is driving on the wrong lane?
  6. How do you leave a one-way street?
  7. What's one way to deal with a tailgater?
  8. Whats one way to deal with someones car parked on the side of the road?
  9. Is city traffic challenging to master?
  10. Was this quiz insightful?
~Quiz Answers!~
  1. Get on the right side of the lane.
  2. Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute.
  3. A tailgater is someone who follows too closely.
  4. Through a sign, is one example.
  5. I'd imagine the common individual would swerve or honk frantically.
  6. Leaving a one way street is as simple as turning left a tad prior to turning out of the street.
  7. one way is to manage your following distance.
  8. Honk or move to the left to avoid the car.
  9. I'd say so.
  10. It was probably an insightful quiz.


Created with images by David Bertho - "Twilight in La Défense" • Unsplash - "taxi cab traffic cab" • Butterbean Man - "Traffic" • indi.ca - "Traffic" • danxoneil - "Aftermath of Car Crash on Randolph at Michigan, January 21, 2015" • MSVG - "Innisfil, Ontario" • Meditations - "ad announce announcement" • eslfuntaiwan - "quiz test exam"

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