K53 Observations

The K53 observations.

What is an observation?

To observe is to monitor or to notice something, and to realize it is important. When you are driving, it is essential to see the other traffic. You should also be able to recognize their next movement and possible actions.

The purpose of the K53 observations.

The purpose of the K53 observations is to ensure you are aware of the traffic around you. That includes the traffic behind, in front, and next to you. You need to take note of their actions and behaviour and act safely to protect yourself and others from dangerous situations.

What are the observations for K53?

We give names to the observations to make it easier to talk during lessons. We call them the full, the half, and the blind spot.

The full observation.

The first observation we call the full observation. The full observation is when you look at the blind spot at the one side of your vehicle, then the side mirror, the rear mirror, the other side mirror, then the blind spot on the opposite side of the car.

You will notice the full observation consists of five points and is therefore also called the five-point observation.

Use the full observation before you pull off.

The half observation.

The second observation is the half observation because:

1.) It is only half of the full observation.

2.) It is the last half of the full observation.

3.) It starts in the half (or the middle) of the full observation.

The half observation is the rear mirror, side mirror, and blind spot in the direction you want to indicate before turning or making a lane change. 

The half observation is also known as the three-point observation. 

Use the half observation before indicating.

The blind spot.

Before turning or changing lanes, the last action you take is to check the blind spot in the direction you will turn.

Other Observations.

Check your rear mirror when you change speed. This means when you change gears, when you accelerate, slow down, or before stopping. You should also check your rear mirror every five to eight seconds to keep track of the traffic behind you.

The last word.

We hope you understand the significance of the observations and that you will apply them at all times.

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