Driving in the Real WorldTM is a change agent for driving safely and efficiently in the real world. Many driver's education programs, especially in the United States, do not adequately train people in hazard perception, risk management, and proper handling of the complex challenges of everyday driving. Through its blog, social media, and upcoming subscription newsletter, DITRWTM offers tips, techniques, and reflections on driving that will improve your situational awareness and may even save your life and that of others.

There is an enormous need to make our roads safer by making it socially unacceptable to be a bad driver in America, regardless of the cause. We must completely rethink how we drive and how we teach it, and then make the driving test something to actually be respected. Driver's ed should also be a lifelong learning process. And I believe that this can be achieved in much more fun, enjoyable, and experiential ways than it is often presented now.

Many people don't realize this, but what makes you a better driver also improves you in many other areas of life. This involves honest self-examination of our core values as both a society and the individuals that constitute it, and truly making the necessary changes to improve our attitudes on the road.

Thank you so much for visiting. I invite readers to share their own experiences and reflections on driving, to suggest ideas on the subject, and to follow me on Twitter (@DrivingReal).

—Mi Ae


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12 Random Thoughts about Driving

In no particular order, here are some random thoughts about cars, driving, and life on the road in general.

1.   In 2010, 50 officers were killed in traffic collisions, including 16 killed by a vehicle while they were outside of their vehicle, and many more injured. Many of these fatalities and injuries were caused by passing motorists inadvertently steering right into the scene of an accident or stopped police car.

2.   If God had wanted little dogs to ride in the front seat, He would have made seatbelts for them.

3.   A 2010 Lincoln Town Car can go a maximum speed of 63 mph in reverse.

4.   Road rage is on the rise in India, where nearly 10 million cars, buses, trucks, scooters and motorbikes take to the streets everyday in New Delhi alone.

5.   New technology is here that allows you to receive and transmit Facebook status alerts and messages in your car.

6.   Why do people (especially women) start talking on their cell phones while they are trying to back out in a busy parking lot?

7.   If you’re driving in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, you should be aware of one particular driving idiosyncrasy: If you're behind a car and it suddenly indicates to turn left when there is no apparent left turn in the offing, it means that the driver is coming to a halt, to allow someone to cross or a car to pull out, for instance.

8.   In 2009, the top 20 worst driver states included Delware, New Hampshire, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut, Florida, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and—number one—New York.

9.   Norway has the strictest drunk driving laws in Europe, only allowing .01 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood, compared to .08 in most US states.

10.  New technology is on the way where cars will actually communicate with one another via WiFi to warn of impending dangers and collision threats, such as red light runners.

11.  Believe it or not, someone has actually invented a way to mount your iPad on your steering wheel (and has the chutzpah to claim it is not distracting at all).

12.  Nearly 80% of US drivers think they have better-than-average driving skills.


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