Every driver is accountable for not only their own safety, but also the safety of other drivers around them. Education plays a key role in helping the public learn the proper safety actions to take while driving. Road safety cannot be assured entirely by the work of engineers, designers and law enforcement alone. Increased education leads to a change in habits and, ultimately, a decline in fatalities on our roads.
The Ongoing Need for Safe Driving Education
More than 42,000 people die in traffic accidents each year.
- So what, I am a safe driver
- No one in my family is affected
- I don’t drive on the freeways
- My car has good crash ratings
- You should talk to my neighbor
- I had a close call today, what can I do?
- I have already had someone close to me die, how can I prevent more tragedy?
No one plans for a tragedy . . .
If you drive. If you ride. If your friends and family travel. In an instant you or someone you know could become a statistic. Our minds wander to a dozen things when we are in our vehicles. Many drivers have had no formal driver training, yet we are relying on the other guy to keep control of his car. The slogan “Watch out for the other guy” is still paramount.
The seriousness confronts us when we pass the flashing lights and crumpled metal. At least it wasn’t me you say .
When confronted with a vehicle crossing over into your lane, would you react with:
- Panic / Fear
- Inability to respond.
- Uncontrolled braking and dangerous over-steering
- A quick assessment of your options, then skillful steering and controlled braking to maneuver out of danger, or at least minimize the impact, walking away from what could have been certain death.
An Accident Is Often No More Than A Sudden Incident
An Emergency for which the driver is unprepared or lacks the skills to properly respond to. When drivers are suddenly confronted with the need for extraordinary responses, the normal reaction is not skillful maneuvering and braking, but panic, skidding, swerving and often striking head-on the very obstacle they most wanted
to avoid. Except for police, fire and medical personnel, most citizens are unaware of, or ever taught advanced driving skills.
What is most important to YOU?
- Playing music
- Winning at sports
- Advancing at your career
- Favorite hobbies
- Catching the trophy fish
- Putting in the same effort and attention into your driving skill so you can live to
do all of the above
Driving Is A Learned and Practiced Skill
requiring the same attention and effort as playing a musical instrument, sports, martial arts, video games, education for job advancement. Such skill takes over when events happen too quickly for the average person to respond. This trained, instinctive response can mean the difference between tragedy and just
going on with your day.
4 Steps to Better Driving
Awareness is where it begins then taking in useful and meaningful information to build knowledge.
Applying what you know to what you do develops skill. Even mental exercises using your knowledge can translate into improved physical reactions when the need arises.
The defensive driver tries to recognize potentially hazardous situations sufficiently in advance to allow time to safely maneuver past them. The defensive driver knows that other drivers may make mistakes and is always on guard for the unexpected. The defensive driver searches ahead and is aware of approaching hazards and ready to deal with them skillfully.
- Do driver understand how they should
be driving to be defensive drivers ?
- Do drivers recognize the common situations such as crossing intersections, entering expressways
and stopping can be hazardous ?
- Have drivers been trained in regard to defensive driving skills?
- Are drivers aware of the concept of “preventable accident” ?
Who will people listen to?
- Government Agencies
- Nagging Parents
- Well Meaning Friends
- School Teachers
- Credible Concerned Professional Truck Drivers.
Credible Concerned Professional Truck Drivers
18-wheeler Drivers with hundreds of thousands of miles safe driving experience, presenting meaningful information with humor, empathy, seriousness, role-modeling, music, entertainment. Showing not just the logical reasons, but the personal benefits, and reinforcing good driving behavior with positive peer pressure.
- Building Awareness
- Public Service Announcements
- Messages on Trucks
- Grade School / High School Programs
- Public Seminars
Public Service Announcements
PSAs are too often vague, uninteresting, and offer little meaningful information. Where can the listener go for more information after they hear the ad? Our goal is memorable PSA’s with an information packed website to help educate people of all ages and needs.