Driving in the Real World®
What the Motorists Handbooks Don’t Tell You.
Driving in the Real World® (DITRW®) is a change agent for thinking differently about street driving and traffic safety in the real world. American driver training generally fails to teach new drivers the complexities of modern roads and equip them with proper situational awareness. This and other factors contribute to the United States ranking a dismal 19th out of 20 developed nations in traffic deaths. Let’s change this by exploring honestly what makes us the drivers we are and by approaching traffic safety as an entire ecosystem, not fragmented bits. That change can begin with you, today, as an individual driver.
— Mi Ae Lipe, Writer, Consultant, Speaker, Change Agent
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The US ranks nearly at the very bottom internationally among developed countries when it comes to traffic safety and road fatalities. The reasons for this are many. To combat this, we need to start making it socially unacceptable to be a bad driver in America, regardless of the cause. This means identifying the true root causes of why we drive so poorly as individuals, examining international best practices for driver training, rethinking our relationship with law enforcement, not relegating driver education to a once-in-a-lifetime event, and employing proven behavioral science and creative media to effect powerful cultural changes in our attitude toward traffic safety.
Many people don’t realize this, but what makes you a better driver also improves you in many other areas of life. This involves honestly self-examining our core values as individuals and a society, understanding why we’re often resistant to positive change. Traffic safety is actually a fantastic way to not only save lives but improve ourselves. Let’s get curious enough to inquire and brave enough to tackle.
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