An Introduction To The System Of Car Control - Chapter 2 pages 24 - 40


The System of Car Control mitigates driver error which is a feature of nearly all collisions. The System aims to prevent collisions by providing a systematic approach to hazards. It is a decision making process that enables you to efficiently assess and act on information that is continuously changing as you drive. Using the System gives you more time to react, which is vital in complex and demanding driving situations.

What is the System of Car Control?

The System of Car Control increases your safety in a constantly changing driving environment by giving you time to react to hazards.

A hazard is anything that is an actual or potential danger

See Chapter 3, information, observation and anticipation, page 47

The phases of The System of Car Control

Processing information is central to the System - its through and feeds into all the phases - Start by asking yourself:

  • What information do I need to gather about the road conditions, the behaviour of other road users and the actual and potential dangers?

  • What do other road users need to know about my intentions?

The importance of information

Your ability to process complex information is essential to becoming a better driver.

Processing information introduces the System and continues throughout. Remember TUG - Take Use Give

You need to:

  • Take and use information to plan your driving

  • Give information whenever other road users could benefit from it

Develop your competencies at assessing the continuous flow of information. This competence underpins the entire system and enables you to adapt it to changes in road circumstances.

See Chapter 8, Driver's Signals









‘Diagrams and text from Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook, published 2013 by The Stationery Office (TSO) © Police Foundation copyright 2013. Reproduced with permission from the Police Foundation.’