First time I missed a 30 km/h in a school zone. I drove over the speed limit and failed. –SPEEDING

Second time I missed seeing a pedestrian entering a crosswalk. The pedestrian was behind the steel beam that holds up the roof of my car. –DANGEROUS ACTION

Third time I did a three-point turn and drove off the paved portion of the roadway onto the edge of the grass of a neighbours front yard. –LEAVING THE ROAD SYSTEM

FAILING IS OUR GREATEST TEACHER – sadly


COOPER asks the driver the following questions:

  • Q: Did you see the 30 speed sign? 
  • A: No
  • Q: Did you see the pedestrian approaching the crosswalk? 
  • A: No
  • EXPLANATION: You are not using your vision correctly. Missing fundamental laws, rules, signage and vulnerable road users lacks forward scanning. Thirty zones and pedestrian crosswalks are very well marked, and when you ignore them or miss seeing them, you can cause horrifying tragic injury and or death in a school 30 zone. A correction is needed – a more extensive and faster visual scanning pattern.

ISSUE#1: The answer is a more extensive and faster visual scanning pattern which must become a new habit. Scanning just ahead of the car does not work. This replacement skill takes time to fix. This new habit solves missing the 30 and the pedestrian.

  • Q: Did you see the private property edge when you drove the 3 point turn?
  • A: Yes
  • Q: Then why did you drive off the road and onto the grass?
  • A: I wanted more space to turn around in the 3 point turn. If I had stopped before going up on the grass edge, I would need to do a 4 point turn.
  • EXPLANATION: A 3 point can also be 4 points or 5 points or more depending on the width of the road. 3 point does not mean it has to be 3. It can be 3, 4 or 5 plus. Do not drive off the roadway onto sidewalks, curbs, grass or private property. Part of this driver’s issue was not knowing the rules related to this maneuver and erroneously thinking a maximum of 3 moves.

ISSUE#2: The answer here is practice, practice and practice. Turning a car around in tight places involves reversing, u-turns, 2-point turns, 3-point turns, stall parks, and parallel parks. Perfection is NOT the goal. Not hitting any object, the curbs, or driving off the road IS THE GOAL. This requires dozens and dozens of quiet-time repetitions for the learner’s brain to adapt to a SLOW – CALM – ABLE TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES, actions to position the car safely.

Q: What will this practice teach the driver’s brain?

A: Both Vision and Feel will improve. Visually the driver will learn to judge the distances between the car and the road edge by looking from inside the vehicle from the driver’s seat. Repeating this process will teach the brain where close is and how far away it is. Over time you will KNOW how to position the car anywhere you want. Feelings through your feet the car tires as you gently touch the curb repeatedly will also improve.

GOAL – GET OUT AND LOOK

To speed up this learning, if you regularly stop dozens of times, guess the distance to the edge of the line or the parked car, and then GOAL – Get Out And Look, this builds rock-solid confidence.

AHA MOMENT

And let them repeat it as many times as they need to, until you hear the words, inspiring words come out of their mouth, “I GOT IT! I GOT IT!”

CO-DRIVER RESEARCH

This co-driver was a parent, a police officer, an RCMP officer, a motorbike driver, a truck driver, a very experienced driver. This driver was highly skilled and drove just like a very professional driver with a high degree of control demonstrated with smooth, accurate positioning of the car, gas, brakes and steering. 

This driver had many hours of practice with their co-pilot driving several different cars and trucks. There was a sense of overconfidence mixed with confusion in the driver. My guess is they operated like the very experienced driver, imitating their behaviours, but failed to do the vigilant visual searches required to drive low-risk. 

Imitation only goes so far. A proper understanding and experience are needed to master this craft truly. Overconfidence can blind a driver from the reality that mistakes happen and that there are always things not known and situations that you may never have seen before. 

Overconfidence often erases an eagerness to hunt for tricky situations and, at times, can cause drivers to relax too much as they forget to be vigilant, especially with their vision.

Multiple times working with other instructors, I have heard these words, 

“I am a great instructor. I know everything so well now that I will never crash ever again.” 

This thinking is a big illusion. The truth is, we all face risk every time we drive. The chain of events and the social connections driving requires means that YOU DO NOT CONTROL all the risks. Near every time I heard this instructor line, they would crash within a few weeks of BELIEVING they were PERFECT!!!!! Overconfidence is a great danger. Do not think this way!

Note here that a family connection results in an extremely bias viewpoint. It’s called love. Love is why I DO NOT TRAIN ANYONE I KNOW! 

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My loving family members are intelligent, wise, and great drivers. Of course, they are! All of them!

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