08 Perform Visual Search

Performance skill standard:

Conditions of Performance:

  • Given a typical tractor trailer and a driving situation…

Statement of Work to be performed:

  • …The driver will conduct a visual search of the road for potential hazards and critical objects.

Performance Criteria:

  • Driver will demonstrate adequate visual search technique by pointing out important obstacles in various types of traffic, as scored on the performance test, using the “commentary driving” technique.
  • Driver will demonstrate appropriate visual behavior by time (frequency) and locations checked.

Performance Elements and Assessment Criteria:

  • Correctly adjust any type of rear view mirror to appropriate specifications.
  • Maintain a minimum 12-15 second eye lead-time.
  • Scan both sides of the road using quick glances to observe roadside activity and vehicles near you.
  • Check mirrors for hazards every few seconds, and always before changing speed or direction.
  • Check instrument panel frequently.
  • Look ahead as far as possible during turns and on curves.
  • Check to the side before turning or changing lanes.
  • Monitor overtaking traffic in order to be aware of vehicles behind and in blind spots.
  • Avoid diverting attention from the path ahead.
  • Maintain a straight-line path whenever necessary to divert attention/eyes from the path ahead.
  • Check all intersections and crossings using proper technique.