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 29th out of 30 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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This week I am so pleased to debut the first in a series of posts about different folks in the traffic safety world! Doug Dahl is a Target Zero Manager for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and a self-confessed traffic safety nerd. He authors a weekly traffic...read more
Video: Overtaking Is Never an Accident
“I’m a firm believer in there is very rarely, if ever, something you would call an accident. You know, cars don’t just run into themselves accidentally.” This video is from the UK television series 999: What’s Your Emergency?, which takes an intimate and frank look at modern Britain through the eyes of Cheshire emergency services on the front line. It’s graphic but well worth seeing, if only to consider how one bad decision to pass another vehicle on a rural, double-line road caused so much completely preventable devastation.
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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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