The Educated Driver


We have too much Driver Education, and not enough Educated Drivers


    There are, and have been, several thousand Driver Education / Driver Training /Traffic Safety courses designed and delivered to millions of teens, new drivers, traffic violators and others wishing (or mandated by a court order) to improve their skills, in the United States and other countries. The result of all these courses? Zilch, zero, no (or very little) improvement in DRIVER SKILLS or KNOWLEDGE. Our DE HISTORY page will give you more on this.

    As an example, the picture on the left shows a comparison between traffic collision fatalities, and casualties from active combat, during the same time periods. Driving without a knowledge and recognition of the danger all around you, results in these types of statistics. As a general rule of thumb, driving is roughly 10-20 times more dangerous than being in active combat.


    Several years ago, I got into a few debates with a gentleman whose screen-name was "Driving Aint Rocket Science", and his point in EVERY conversation was that he could not understand why people could not seem to drive as well as he did; after all its a simple thing to do! He was unable to realize that, in actuality, driving IS rocket science, of a sort. 

    When you accelerate, brake, steer left or right, you are using rolling
friction, vector forces of inertia, pitch, yaw, center-of-gravity versus roll-center, as well as trying to force four tires to go in different directions (angles) while keeping the vehicle centered in a turn, as shown in the picture to the right. Simple, eh? See our page on The Physics of Driving for more education on this.
    The video below shows precisely what we are talking about; the first few minutes explain what a pilot in the 1936 U.S. Army was expected to be EDUCATED about, in order to fly safely. In your mind, change the word "pilot" to "driver" while watching, and see how you add up to the task.
 

When You Know




    You can start by reading up on what Federal, State, and Interstate organizations are doing by going to our LEGISLATIVE SITES. From there, sub-pages will lead you to other sites for State and Interstate interests. EVERY prudent driver should know the hierarchy of regulatory agencies, who makes what laws, and how they are enforced (or not) and who does the enforcing.

    The ORGANIZATIONS page will lead to to various sites on particular topics, such as bike safety, child safety, etc. Choose your interest and learn what is going on. Once that is finished, we will have available CD/DVD programs for an actual learning process. Our goal is to make inexpensive online and self- or parent-taught lessons available to you to become an EDUCATED DRIVER, not just a driver with enough knowledge to pass a test.
    
   On several pages throughout this site, you will see the abbreviation "SHSP", which stands for State Highway Safety Plan. It can also be seen as STIP (State Traffic Improvement Plan) or similar. Here's a bit about what this is, from the Federal Highway Administration:


Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)

    A Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a major component and requirement of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) (23 U.S.C. § 148). It is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. An SHSP identifies a State's key safety needs and guides investment decisions towards strategies and countermeasure with the most potential to save lives and prevent injuries. SHSPs were first required under SAFETEA-LU, which established the HSIP as a core federal program. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) continues the HSIP as a core Federal-aid program and the requirement for States to develop, implement, evaluate and update an SHSP that identifies and analyzes highway safety problems and opportunities on all public roads.

    An SHSP is developed by the State Department of Transportation in a cooperative process with Local, State, Federal, Tribal and private sector safety stakeholders. It is a data-driven, multi-year comprehensive plan that establishes statewide goals, objectives, and key emphasis areas and integrates the four E's of highway safety – engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS). The SHSP allows highway safety programs and partners in the State to work together in an effort to align goals, leverage resources and collectively address the State's safety challenges.





    
    Our purpose here is to EDUCATE drivers, as well as those wishing to become a driver, about just what driving really is: a life-skill, and an extremely task-intensive job, that is understated, under-utilized, and taken for granted by most drivers.

    The Navigation Sidebar on the left will take you to locations where you can learn about laws, regulations, issues, and general information on anything related to how YOU drive.

    EDUCATE YOURSELF!!! Don't wait for a court of law, or a hospital, to do it FOR you.