Three Defensive Driving Tools to Avoid Impact

FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program presents: Three Defensive Driving Tools to Avoid Impact, by Jeff Hohlstein, a Traffic Safety Team member in Clay County, Florida. From 2009 through 2016 Jeff was a Traffic Cycling Instructor certified by multiple organizations. There he learned a lot about vehicles’ next actions without looking at the driver. He also adopted OODA, a quick decision-making tool originally developed for combat by Retired Colonel John “Forty-Second” Boyd, USAF. The OODA Loop is easily adopted to defensive driving, to help you see and avoid conflicts before they become crashes.Learn about the OODA Loop: Observe • Orient • Decide • Act and other defensive driving tips to help reduce crashes on our roadways in this educational traffic safety video.

Downloadable version of the video as a PDF presentation file for viewing and sharing:

Read the complete article, “Three Defensive Driving Tools to Avoid Great Impact” below:

safe driver

Jeff Hohlstein

What do OODA, Three Mississippi’s, and a vehicle’s front wheels have in common? They can all be defensive driving tools that will alert and prepare you for potential conflict situations and avoid a crash.

In another year or so, I’ll enter that age range of 78–85, when most people decide to quit driving. Over the years, I’ve learned some tools that I hope will allow me to drive safely far beyond that range. I’m not a certified driving instructor, so I’ll describe the tools and how I use them. How you choose to use them is up to you.

The OODA Loop: See and avoid trouble

So what’s an OODA? The OODA Loop is a rapid decision-making tool developed by Retired Colonel John Boyd, USAF. In combat, OODA is used to totally confuse and demoralize the enemy. In defensive driving, OODA is a disciplined way of thinking that helps one see and avoid trouble. OODA stands for Observe > Orient > Decide > Act, and then do it again.

It sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? But then there’s a joke—Two crows were sitting in a tree above a corn field. Crow One said, “Let’s fly down and eat some corn.” Crow Two, “We can’t. There’s a man standing in the field.” Crow One, “That’s a scarecrow. If it was a man, he’d be looking at his cell phone.”

How many times do we see people who aren’t even observing? And, as we age, we need a conscious, disciplined decision-making tool to drive safely. OODA can be that tool. Let’s start with an easy example.

Three Mississippi’s: Three second rule Continue Reading

Mobility Week

Mobility Week, successfully launched in 2016 in Central Florida, is an annual collection of outreach events intended to bring attention to safe multimodal transportation choices. The success of the Central Florida region in bringing together regional partners to promote the message of safety and multimodal transportation, prompted the expansion of the initiative statewide in 2018.

During Mobility Week, cities, counties, and transportation partner agencies host events to promote transportation choices, highlight transportation achievements, and roll out new initiatives or policies.Click here to find out more about the events and activities from the last three years.


Join Us!

Mobility Week Events in District 2

  • Trunk or Treat • Friday, 10/25/19 • 5:30-6:30pm • Pinemount Elementary School, 324 S W Gabriel Pl, Lake City FL 32024
  • Alert Tonight Alive Tomorrow • Saturday 10/26/19 • 10:00am-3:00pm • Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32204
  • Alert Today Alive Tomorrow • Sunday 10/27/19 • 9:00am-1:00pm • Fanzone at TIAA Bank Field, 1 TIAA Bank Field Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • “Mission Orange Vest” Safety + Sharing = Caring! • Wednesday 10/30/19 • 9:00am-11:00am • Cedar Key School, 951 Whiddon Ave., Cedar Key, FL 32625
  • Alternative Transportation Day Wednesday 10/30/19 • All Day! • 76 S. Laura St. Suite 1600, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Mobility Week 2019 Bike Lane Pavement Design Contest • Friday 11/01/19 • All Day! • Jacksonville Public Library Main, 303 N Laura St. Jacksonville, FL 32202

For event details and partners, please click on this PDF file.

Opportunities to volunteer and support Mobility Week are being added to the FDOT Mobility Week calendar daily. For a complete list of events being planned throughout our District, click here!


Take the Mix-It-Up Challenge

Mix-It-Up for Mobility Week 2019 

Take the challenge to try a new way to travel during Mobility Week 2019. The Mix-It-Up Challenge is an opportunity to earn rewards for riding transit, biking, walking, carpooling or teleworking.

Click here for more information, transportation choices in District 2 and to take the pledge today!

Safety for Kids Activity Books & Bookmarks

New child safety for kids activity books & bookmarks are now available!


Activity Books

This is our Safety for Kids Activity Books & Bookmarks page. Our cool new activity booklet was also developed and printed in a two-part flip book for elementary age children and preteens. For the younger kids, ages 5-10, we have the “Safety Scores! On your way to school, at home, and off to play.” with great safety tips, fun puzzles and activities. The other part targets the older tween age kids from 10-13, challenging them to “Up Your Safety Game! Phone Down. Eyes Up. Buckle Up!”

Important traffic safety messages and activities cover a wide range of topics, including: child passenger safety (CPS), occupant protection, pedestrian safety, bike and helmet safety, ATV off-road safety and school bus dangers and safety. In addition, there are other key safety concerns for kids like swimming, sports, fire hazards and general everyday safety tips. We’ve got mazes, puzzles, coloring, games, crosswords, word searches, scrambles, trivia and safety check lists to keep the kids engaged while emphasizing valuable safety knowledge, reminders of best practices and fundamental safety rules to help prevent injuries or death.

Elementary – Sample Pages
 Activity Book - Elementary Pages - ATV Safety Message  Activity Book - Elementary Pages - Occupant Protection Safety Message  Activity Book - Elementary Pages - Water Safety Message
Pre Teens – Sample Pages
 Activity Book - Pre Teens Pages - Crossing Safety Message  Activity Book - Pre Teens Pages - Bike Helmet Safety Message  Activity Book - Pre Teens Pages - Sport Safety Message

Bookmarks

These double-sided bookmarks contain important safety messages for bicycle safety, distracted driving, pedestrian safety, and occupant protection tips for drivers and users. They are distributed to libraries throughout our community. Click on a design below to learn more about that particular topic!

 

Bicycle Safety Distracted Driving Pedestrian Safety Occupant Protection
Safety Bookmark - Bicycle Safety Message Safety Bookmark - Distracted Driving Safety Message Safety Bookmark - Pedestrian Safety Message Safety Bookmark - Occupant Protection Safety Message

More Safety for Kids resources can be found by clicking here.

These important traffic safety messages and activities can be downloaded for free to share with the children in our communities. They cover a wide range of topics, including child passenger safety (CPS), occupant protection, pedestrian safety, bike and helmet safety, ATV off-road safety and school bus dangers and safety.

There are also other key safety concerns for kids like swimming, sports, fire hazards and general everyday safety tips. We’ve got mazes, puzzles, coloring, games, crosswords, word searches, scrambles, trivia and safety check lists to keep the kids engaged while emphasizing valuable safety knowledge, reminders of best practices and fundamental safety rules to help prevent injuries or death.

2019 Training Day

Thank you for attending the 2019 Training Day for Traffic Safety Team Members in Gainesville and Jacksonville!

We had a great time at the 2019 Training Day – and we hope you did too. If you were not able to attend—here’s what you missed! All of the presentations are now available for download! Be sure to check out and share the photos from both trainings too!

Training Day Team Packet


Training Day Team Member Tools


Photo Galleries

Gainesville Training Jacksonville Training

The FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program’s (CTSP) mission statement is to reduce traffic-related fatalities and injuries. The premise of the program is local communities, solving local problems with state assistance.

District Two covers the Northeast Florida region including the following 18 counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor and Union. The major cities include Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, Lake City, Palatka, Perry and Starke. As a major access gateway with connections throughout Florida and into other states, District Two plays an important role in regional mobility and the state economy.

Highway safety is at its best when we can address driver behavior, road conditions and vehicle factors as three interacting aspects of collision and injury prevention. Through events, on-going educational programs, education and action projects, individuals and agencies are combining resources to improve awareness and understanding of safety issues on a local level.

Community Traffic Safety Teams (CTSTs) are locally based groups of highway safety advocates who are committed to solving traffic safety problems through a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary approach. Members include city, county, state, private industry and citizens. The common goal of each CTST is to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes within their community.

Multi-disciplinary means integrating efforts of the four “E” disciplines that work in highway safety, including Engineering, Education/public information, Enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services.  By combining these various disciplines, the CTSTs help to solve local traffic safety problems related to the driver, the vehicle and the roadway.

2019 Traffic Engineering Manual

The Florida Department of Transportation Traffic Engineering and Operations Office has officially released the 2019 Traffic Engineering Manual. The Traffic Engineering Manual can be found on the Traffic Services Office website at:

http://www.fdot.gov/traffic/TrafficServices/Studies/TEM/TEM.shtm

The January 2019 Traffic Engineering Manual is effective January 1, 2019.

From FDOT:

The purpose of the FDOT Traffic Engineering Manual (TEM) is to provide traffic engineering standards and guidelines to be used on the State Highway System. The manual covers the process whereby standards and guidelines are adopted, as well as chapters devoted to highway signs, traffic signals, markings, and specialized operational topics.

The TEM is available in electronic format only. If you are interested in receiving an email update when new bulletins or an update is issued, please sign up to receive E-updates through the Contact Mailer. Once registered, click on the Traffic Engineering Manual under Publications.

The Traffic Engineering Manual is available either as one complete PDF document, or by individual chapters (see menu below).

Please view Traffic Engineering and Operations Bulletin 21-06 for a description of revisions to the 2022 manual.

Please see the Traffic Engineering and Operation Bulletin page for past TEM Manual Bulletins.

Section PDF Size
Traffic Engineering Manual
Effective January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022
6.6MB
Table of Contents 58KB
Chapter 1 Procedure 121KB
Chapter 2 Signs 2.8MB
Chapter 3 Signals 1.6MB
Chapter 4 Markings 743KB
Chapter 5 Specialized Operational Topics 650KB
History 26KB
Index of Statutes, Rules, and Procedures 107KB