Thank you to all the parents that participated in our video production in late November! With the help of Insight Productions, we recorded over 3 hours of parents talking about driver training and why it’s important. We have so much wonderful footage it was a difficult task getting it into a single video. We have completed the first of several videos that will be produced, complete and are very happy with the results. Please take a few minutes to listen to what parents have to say. Click here.
Over the past several months I have written about the importance of properly preparing teens for the responsibility of driving. There are many aspects of driving that we as parents don’t think about. MOST of what happens on our roadways is avoidable. There is a trend to move away from using the word accident. Police officers and many educators use the words collision or crash because accident infers the situation was not avoidable. The choices we make behind the wheel are the difference between avoiding a problem and being involved in or creating the problem in the first place. When something happens it makes us “feel” better when we say “it was an accident, it couldn’t have been avoided” when in reality that is not always the truth.
We have become “OK” with the notion that our vehicles are more than a means of transportation. They are now entertainment centers and offices. We think it’s OK to “do” all of these other things when we sit behind the wheel of a car. Then when something happens we say, “I never saw them.” Well of course you didn’t see them, you weren’t paying attention, but yet we “accept” the excuse.
Here at DrivingMBA we teach students that being a good defensive driver means protecting yourself from the stupidity of others and just because you are doing the “right things” does not mean the rest of the driving public will. For some students this is a difficult concept to grasp. Their naive assumption is that people will obey the Rules of the Road, but as we all know, that is not the case.