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Building Skills In & After Driving School: Scanning While Driving

Last updated 7 years ago

Scanning is one of the most important skills drivers can learn at a driving school. Not scanning the road is a dangerous habit that many new drivers fall into. In fact, teenage drivers account for ten times as many accidents as middle-aged drivers, and failing to scan is one of the most common mistakes they make. So what is scanning and how do you do it?

  • What is Scanning?
    Scanning is a method of keeping your eyes constantly moving in order to notice potential problems ahead of time and maximize your reaction time. By looking 10 to 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle, you can create a “cushion” around your vehicle. 10 to 15 seconds is roughly equivalent to about one block in the city, or about a quarter-mile on the highway.
  • How to Scan
    Keep your eyes constantly moving and make an effort to actively notice potential problems. Let your eyes move back and forth across both sides of the road. If a car has just pulled over, scanning will allow you to anticipate the driver opening his or her door to step out to the street. If another car is darting in and out of traffic, scanning will let you anticipate a potential accident and help to avoid getting caught up in it.

Scanning is an excellent skill to learn that can help keep you safe on the road. Driving schools teach scanning to teen drivers in order to increase reaction times and improve road safety. Give us a call at (888) 471-5418 to sign up for driving school today. Top Driver is the nation’s largest driving school, with locations throughout Chicagoland, including Buffalo Grove, Wilmette, Wheaton and many more. We specialize in driver training and driver lessons, having graduated more than 100,000 students in six years.


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