Driving in the Real World® Blog

Welcome to the Driving in the Real World® blog, where I share my thoughts on street driving and related road safety issues, and occasional reflections.

Part 1: Lighting the Way with Guest Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern is an expert vehicle lighting consultant based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle.

999: What’s Your Emergency? Overtaking—Not an Accident

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.

Guest Profile: Doug Dahl, the Traffic Safety Nerd

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 safety column for the Bellingham Herald and hosts […]

The Courage to Intervene

Recently I attended a traffic safety conference put on by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in eastern Washington. As an attendee of the national Lifesavers Highway Safety Conference for the past several years and an outsider (I’m not a researcher, instructor, law enforcement officer, or government employee), I admit that I’ve become a little jaded […]

A Remembrance

At the end of this past March, my father, Dewey Lipe, transitioned in his sleep after a tremendous 14-year journey with Lewy Body dementia and Parkinson’s. Normally, my blog posts here are about driving technique and traffic safety culture, but I wanted to take this moment to remember my dad and how he influenced my […]

How to Assess Limit Points and Curves

“Always drive so you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear on your own side of the road” is a mantra of UK driver training that should be followed everywhere, all the time. But how do you correctly assess a curve and your entry speed into it? Many people incorrectly […]

Limit Point Analysis—Or, Driving to Stop Safely within the Distance You Can See to Be Clear

About four years ago, I had the pleasure of taking advanced street driving training from Advanced Drivers of North America (ADNA). Until then, I had never heard of one of the mantras of UK driver training, which is “Always drive so you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear on […]

Why We Must Drive Better—to Compensate for Others

As a columnist on street driving for a national car magazine, I get a lot of responses from readers. Many are positive and appreciate being better empowered with quality information on driving technique and situational awareness. Others, however, declare that that’s all very well and good, but what about the other drivers who will continue […]

Driving Tips Ebook Now Available! The Sound of No Car Crashing

At long last, my first-ever ebook on driving tips is now available—The Sound of No Car Crashing: A Guide to Protective Driving!

Reading the Road Like a Book

Most of you know that I have a long wish list for improving American driver education and driver behavior. But whether you’re a novice or an experienced driver, something that we all could have used more when we did our driver training is what I call road literacy. What is road literacy? Simply put, it […]

Fun in the Snow—and the Value of Winter Tires

Where I live is an amazing place. Sure, here in Seattle, it rains a lot. In December and January, it’s easier to count the few days (or hours) when the sun shines than tally up the ones where no moisture falls from the sky. But an hour’s drive east transports you from a bustling, maritime […]

A Pledge To Protect in 2018

A warm Happy New Year to you, wherever you hail from! So much has been said, hashed, and rehashed in regard to the year that has just passed us by and the one coming up—words that span all shades of darkness, despair, desire, and hope. Not much more can be declared, it seems, without an […]

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