A Tip From Mike

VETERAN CRASH INVESTIGATOR AND DRIVER SAFETY EXPERT MIKE PEHL SAYS-

When I start teaching a new group of student drivers, I talk with them about the different kinds of information they are going to be learning. Some of its “facts and figures” that they need to know to pass the permit exam. Some of its what they need to understand to be a good defensive driver.

Memorizing the number of feet that high beam headlights shine is necessary to pass the test. But I’m a lot more concerned that students understand they should always dim those high-beams right away when they see an oncoming car, to avoid blinding the approaching driver.

Passing the test is important. Knowing the rules is important. Combining all of that with common sense and a respectful attitude for the responsibility of “guiding a 3,000 pound missile” is what I really concentrate on with my own students.

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