We all probably went through the same experience when we were growing up. When we turned 16, we probably took driver’s ed and got our driver’s license. I was not a huge fan of drivers education, because it was a very boring class. Yet, looking back, it is an extremely valuable class that everyone should be required to take.
I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t see someone run a red light. Is getting to be the wintertime now. I really start to wonder how many people are going to get in car accidents just because they were impatient. It’s a terrible thing. While driver’s ed doesn’t really solve this problem, it does teach you to drive more defensively and can keep you safer in the midst of so many other bad drivers.
Also, even though drivers education was a very high stress environment, especially the driving tests, that does do a good job of teaching you to be alert in high stress driving environments. Many people live in large urban areas, with four or eight lane highways that get cramped and congested during rush hour. I’ve driven in more than my fair share of this kind of traffic, and I can tell you that it is extremely stressful. People make mistakes, and at 75 miles an hour, that usually means someone dies or is badly injured.
I can’t help but wonder, when I see bad drivers if they ever took drivers education class themselves. I’m sure they did, but what happened to them that they all of a sudden decided that safety of themselves and others was not really worth paying attention to? Is getting to work or to the store a couple minutes quicker, worth killing someone? I don’t think so, but it seems like a lot of other people do.
With all the distractions in our vehicles and outside of our vehicles, it is more important than ever to have a solid foundation of drivers education to keep people safe behind the wheel. The more safe drivers, we can have better. Even if you know how to drive, a defensive driving course. might save your life. Aefensive driving isn’t sexy, but neither is a horrific accident. Think about it.
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