Driver education often makes a significant mistake when it emphasizes that drivers must be aware of everything, including the surroundings, potential hazards, and objects at all times. While the intention is to instill a sense of vigilance, the unintended consequence is that new drivers may lack a clear order of importance in terms of what is most crucial for each maneuver.
The emphasis on being aware of “everything” can lead to information overload and distract the driver, taking away valuable attention from critical core checks needed for a safe execution of specific tasks. In reality, drivers need a prioritized focus on the most important aspects of their immediate environment and the essential steps required for each maneuver. By streamlining the learning process and emphasizing the key priorities, driver education can better equip individuals to navigate the complexities of driving safely.