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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Restarting the Engines

This past summer and fall turned out to be seasons of tremendous overextension for me, both personally and professionally. After May, intentions to write regularly on this blog sadly fell by the wayside like hundreds of soggy, windblown leaves on a stormy day.

I traveled a lot this year, especially road trips on an epic scale, even for my usual excessive roadtripping standards. As always, hours upon hours spent behind the wheel on the highway is where I do my best thinking, and over the thousands of miles this summer, many things crystallized for me. Among them are a much more precise vision of my upcoming book that is purpose of this blog, a plan of action for my research, and what I’d like to accomplish with my book—which is no less than changing how people drive in America on a national scale. To this end, I plan to take the next year and a half to vigorously research, interview, travel, drive, and learn.

I look forward to sharing these ideas with you in the coming entries, and happily resuming my writing here. Among the upcoming entries this winter will be reflections on learning to drive stick shift, the vagaries of navigating through traffic at Costco, how women can (and should) get more education on caring for their cars, and how singing might be a good thing to do while driving on icy roads.

As always, I would love for you to comment here on the blog, share your experiences and thoughts, and suggest ideas for future blog entries and the book, anytime. The more the merrier!


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Reader Comments (2)

I am glad that you are writing about driving in the real world. I have traveled many miles by car and one thing they should add to every car is a portable potty. As you know your bladder and your gas tank are never on the same gage when traveling one is always full and the other empty.. mostly never at the same time..Happy Roads

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTori Dade

This is great, Tori ... how so true! I will add this to my wish list that automakers need to work on. Of course men (especially truckers) have their own plastic-bottle solutions for this sort of thing : )

December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMi Ae

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