An Innovative Rebel
Hi, my name is Mike Pehl.
When I was just a kid in high school, one of my friends was in a terrible, unnecessary car crash. That “accident” left him paralyzed for life.
Seeing my friend’s life changed forever … changed my life forever.
Driving safely was something I took seriously after that. It wasn’t fun and games. I knew it was life and death.
After high school, I started my career as an insurance agent. That meant having conversations with clients who were shocked at the jump in their insurance rates when their kids started to drive.
All I could do was show them the statistical data to explain why it cost so much to insure their teenage drivers.
But those teen crash rates really bothered me. I knew the statistics weren’t just numbers; they were real people like my paralyzed friend. And I didn’t understand why teenagers couldn’t learn to drive better!
I cared so much about this question that I did my own “field research.” I rode along with local driving teachers to understand how behind-the-wheel lessons were being taught … even though I had no intention of ever becoming an instructor myself.
Then I became an accident investigator.
On-the-scene crash analysis made me even more passionate about the need to drive safely.
I started to see that there were too many collisions that shouldn’t have happened. Too many collisions that wouldn’t have happened … if the drivers had been prepared to make better defensive driving decisions.
I talked passionately about this with everyone I knew, and those conversations changed my career.
A neighbor asked me to teach her son to drive. I said that I wasn’t a driving instructor, but she was determined.
Never underestimate the power of a mom who cares about her kid!
Eventually I told this mom that if she could round up a few more teenagers, I would teach them what I knew. And when I did start teaching those teens, I realized this was my true calling.
I’ve spent over two decades since, doing everything I can to help teenagers learn to drive skillfully and safely.
Please make it a priority to help your own children learn to drive!
Our DriveSafeRideSafe team has worked hard to share the best information I know. I personally hope it will help your family … while your children are learning to drive … and someday when they have teen drivers of their own.
Sincerely, Mike Pehl