Forward planning is a vital skill required for staying safe while driving. To correctly forward plan while driving (also known as ‘planning ahead’), there are other skills that must be learnt for this skill to be successfully carried out. These are concentration, observation, awareness and anticipation.
What is Forward Planning While Driving?
Forward planning while driving is about safety. Effectively, it requires you to create a virtual 360 degrees zone, or ‘safety bubble’ around your vehicle.
How to Practice Forward Planning
Forward planning requires a combination of skills including:
As you’re driving, verbally make a note of each and every potential hazard that you observe. Saying what you see is called commentary driving and helps the driver to concentrate by reducing distractions. It’s a technique used by many professional drivers and is proven to be very effective.
The more you practice, the better you’ll become at observing hazards and effectively dealing with them in good time. The Learn Automatic learning to drive tutorials provide all the information you require, not only for learning to drive to test standard, but will help you identify the many hazards that are on our roads.