Reality Check - Swerve

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 by Ed Harper

I recently attended a Reality Check driver’s training course. The course is worth every penny. The driving experiences are highly valuable and require the young driver to make quick, decisive decisions. The young driver learns how to have vehicle control, and have sharp mental focus.

Having a “What if?” strategy. Thinking ahead and planning to prevent an accident, anticipating all of the possibilities will help assist the young driver.

Time to react – to prevent driver error. High Aim Vision. Look far ahead – with eyes up. Need to look several hundred feet up to 1000 feet ahead to avoid rear end collisions.

Seat position – need to be sitting up and prepared to drive – no lounging.

Hand position – need to have them at 9 and 3. Drivers were told, because of the use of air bags, having your hands at 10 and 2 is now no longer recommended.

Distractions for a young driver cause 80% of their accidents. 6,000 teen drivers die every year, mainly because of distractions. For example, 98% of all intersecton accidents are caused by driver error.

One friend of mine, who works for the Seattle Police Dept. told me the money he spent on his son’s Reality Check was the best money he ever spent on teaching his son how to drive. I wholeheartedly concur. Enjoy the course, you’ll enjoy the ride.

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