What is This Book and Curriculum?
This book is a parent's guide through that complicated journey from an unskilled, mobility dependent child to a competent, skilled and safe driver, perhaps the single most important how-to responsibility any parent undertakes in the lives of their children.
The contents of this book and the "how to" curriculum will help parents:
- Understand the requirements of licensing.
- Locate resources to make and execute a plan.
- Give their young driver the best chance at survival.
- Finish the job well and still have the child as a friend.
Sound daunting? For some it's easy. For others the journey can become a nightmare. That is why we created this program and the related materials... See table of contents and read this letter from the author...
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New Driver Survival Car Control Clinics
The New Driver Car Control Clinic is all about changing the anatomy of an accident by pre-programming the sub-conscious to break the chain of panic -- to prepare the driver mentally and physically to react to surprises with skill and precision. And more importantly, to recognize impending danger earlier so that they never enter the emergency zone where accidents lurk. This popular behind-the-wheel Clinic focuses on teaching parents and teens critical accident-avoidance maneuvers and defensive-driving skills such as:
- Eye Management - judging spatial relationships
- Steering Management - making the car go precisely where you want it to, even in an emergency and
- Brake Management - the so-called panic stop without the panic.
- The exercises are performed in a series of cone patterns in the family's own car on both Wet And Dry Pavement.
- Accident Avoidance Manuevers
"Driving is a psychomotor skill," says Clinic founder David Thompson. "Just like learning to play the piano requires an actual keyboard, so does learning to control an automobile in an emergency demand that you actually drive a car."
How it Works & What's Required -- Parents are required at both the classroom and behind-the-wheel sessions. Behind-the-wheel sessions are limited to ten parent-student teams per session. Teens must have at least their Learner's Permit (Temps). The teen should have enough driving experience to be comfortable making the car go forwards, backwards, left and right. This usually requires from 4 to 8 hours behind the wheel. Families use their own car -- preferably the one the teen is most likely to end up driving. Each team receives a 90-minute classroom session on vehicle dynamics and human dynamics -- why the car, and the driver, behave the way they do in an emergency; -- 4 hours of in-car instruction and a 64-page workbook with diagrams of ten exercises, a log and a Parent-Teen contract so that they can continue to practice these life-saving maneuvers.
Who We Are - New Driver Survival and The New Driver Car Control Clinic started in 1994 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This life-saving program rapidly spread during the next decade to Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Arizona. Currently, the Car Control Clinic is the nation's largest accident avoidance training regime for newly licensed drivers spanning the continental United States with clinics held in 20 major metropolitan areas. Over 50,000 Students and Parents have completed this program. Developed by automotive journalist and racecar driver David Thompson, the curriculum is an adaptation of the skills taught to fire, police and other emergency vehicle drivers. Terri Ranson, driver's education teacher in North Carolina says, "Thirty hours of classroom and six hours behind the wheel [in traditional driver's ed] cannot truly make a safe driver. This program is a wonderful grand finale to what we start in driver's ed. I highly recommend it." Florida parents and teens agree. "This course saved my child's life," Debbie Still of Palm Beach says. "If I had a million dollars I would take every one of my son's friends to this clinic in case he is ever riding with them in an emergency situation. I have my son today, thanks to [this clinic]," she exclaims.Click for Clinic Dates and Locations
Driver's Ed and Safe Driving
Until the last decade or so the process of licensing new drivers was heavily influenced by something we have known for 60 years or more as "Drivers Ed," now all that has changed for the majority of parents. Since this is a states rights issue, the requirements for Graduated Licensing in each state vary and have evolved independently over recent decades. But three things are common, a learner's stage requiring a parent of licensed driver in the car at all times, an intermediate stage with restrictions on time of day, presence of passengers, etc., and finally the full, unrestricted license at age 18.
The fact is that the "Drivers Ed" component, the classroom teaching of "road rules and road signs" followed by in-car training is disappearing faster than wildlife habitat in our communities. In Florida, formal Drivers Ed is either no longer offered or is not a requirement for licensing for large numbers of new drivers. The variations are too numerous to list here but certainly the funding and focus on formal training is on the wane. Why?
The decline began in the 1980s with the conduct of and conclusions from a huge federal study called the Safe Performance Curriculum Study conducted in Georgia by the US Department of Transportation branch called the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency or NHTSA. It organized and observed performance of three large groups of new drivers. One group received standard training; a second group received a "Super" curriculum and the third group, no training. NO training?? Yes, the third group of students participated in no formal instruction. These groups were tracked for 3 years to see how often they crashed. At three months the bad news began to arrive. And in the end the overall conclusion was that driver education, as known at that time produced only a short-term advantage in crash rates over the simple learning curve of experience, more driving.
Graduated Licensing Laws
In the early 1990s NHTSA began to support a program called Graduated Licensing or GDL. This process, requiring significant changes in state licensing laws, placed on new drivers by age and /or experience certain restrictions on their independent use of a vehicle including at various stages the presence of an adult driver in the car, the hours of day and night operation and the number of passengers. All of this was designed to insure that during those months and years of gathering early experience the new driver would be prohibited from driving in those environments that have proven to be dangerous to their safe passage and to extend the supervision of driving by parents.
Some 48 states now have such laws. Evidence is clear that these restrictions have had a positive effect in reducing teen crashes (but not fatalities) at the restricted stages. This is at least partly due to the simple expedient of making the license more difficult to obtain and use and thereby reducing the number of licensees and their hours of driving. Plus there is the postponement of full driving independence. Obviously, no driving and/or more supervised driving at young ages are better than unsupervised driving.
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64 pages of:
- The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety requirements for registering your new driver for a Learner's and the path to full licensing
- How to be a Great Coach
- How to be a Great Driver
- How to avoid those Early Crashes
- A Step By Step Progression of Increasing Driving Experiences
- 3 seconds To Live. 16 pages of Crisis Management, Car Control and Crash Avoidance Exercises with detailed Instructions and Diagrams
The New Driver Survival Guide is your source of an organized plan for securing your teen's license. And your source of peace of mind when you see how they quickly develop those critical car control skills required to survive emergency situations. And finally, the sense of pride you will have for this shared, successful journey to a safe driver.