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 Post subject: Planning - Part One
PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 01:27 
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From my notes as young cop at Hendon ...

I would say that our cyclist pals may find this useful as well - as we covered this same stuff in a recent Plod Bicycle training course where we all really learned how to ride a bicycle - even though we all thought we could before we started! If people wish - I will place some tips specifically for the benefit of the cyclists amongst us so that they can really get more out of a cycling commute. Perhaps even encourage our Paul to ride a bike! :lol: :shock: :lol: :shock: :lol: :shock: :wink:


This is related to the lizard brain thread in part as well!

We were told that planning is either conscious or subconscious. Subconscious planning comes form experience . But we cannot improve our planning skills unless we make a conscious effort.

The planning skill (which I would say forms the the Space/Time of COAST) can only develop alongside a safety-led attitude, increased awareness, evaluation and keenly priorities observation and anticipation skills.

This was into week three of the training - and we were told to reassess a drive (in the recent bike course - a bike ride (and half the guys looked blank at this one! :wink: )) where we rushed headlong into a situation and reacted at the last minute. This was supposed to make us understand that you are supposed to concentrate, observe, anticipate and make a decision in good time.

As your planning improves - you begin to appreciate itsimportance to you. You work out calmly what is likely to happen and plan accordingly - and you always find you need more than one plan at any one time. You are always looking at the "what if" or "AHA" factor.



As part of any tightened condition, your right foot should be off the throttle in any tightening condition and hovering over the brake. You thus enhance the safety margin. You can lop 5 car lengths off the 9 at 40 mph (despite the stats :wink: ) if you COAST properly! :wink:

Planning makes the ride smoother for you and your passengers (and makes a bike ride in traffic less stressful :wink: ) It menas you rarely get caught out by parked cars, cyclists (however they decide to dress! :roll: )

On the motorways - poor planning is why so many end up closing in on slower vehicles and ending up braking hard or annoying another on the last minute lane change. COAST drivers would observe the diver earlier, plan the overtake in a timely, smoothe and straightforward fashion.

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To illustrate - and for the cyclists - shall try to include a normal scenario for them.

You are on a road approaching crossorads. A car waits in a minor road to your left and the right is clear. You are also approaching bollards and the road is narrowing a little and a well clad cyclist is ahead of you (so you ain't no excuses! :wink: ). Experience should warn you that the bollards do not give you enough space to pass the cyclist - and that given your lower speed and despite both driver and cyclsit's priorities the car may pull out in front of you. You have to plan for the safe passage through the crossorads, a possible right hand turn at the crossroads on the part of the cyclist and any evasive action should the cyclsit make his move suddenly and should the car ahead pull out.

You also have another numpty behind you!

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That is the situation - and a situation we were split into pairs to discuss in the classroom situation bit of this course - novel stuff: I was 24 at the time and 50 now! :shock:

How would you plan for this hazard - bearing in mind you only have tow seconds or less to react and plan your way out?

What are the things you would consider first?

How would the driver/biker enhance his safety margin?

How would the cyclist enhance their safety margin in this situation?

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I've always tended to find that "planning" in this context is hard to communicate. It covers quite a bit of ground including some fairly disparate behaviours.

It's also quite hard to separate planning from anticipation. In practice they are interwoven. To make matters worse, when we try to describe "planning" we usually end up running through a whole "observation - anticipation - planning" (OAP) scenario.

And I've noticed that "planning" is very poorly understood by inexperienced drivers.

One approach is to create a "what would you do?" scenario, but this comprehensively fails to illustrate the dynamic ongoing flexible nature of real world driving plans.

I'm looking forward to part 2 in the hope that we get some more clarity!

If anyone thinks they can describe the essence of "planning" in this context, please post away.

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Planning is probably the most difficult concept to get across - as it is you have to observe and anticipate before you can decide how to react. And you do all this very quickly as well. Half of us do not even realise we have "planned"

This example was given as a "what would you do" type of discussion - and nobody actually came up with the same plan either! :wink:

Basically. experience tells you that the car may pull out - even though you have priority, and the cyclist may change road position on you.
Both may be new road users and may make mistakes as well.

But all answers we eventually came up with after a lot of head scratching and quizical looks at each other revolved around the brake pedal, speed, position, effect on another road user.

So basically - I have illustrated how darned difficult it is to train how to react to a hazard. :wink:

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