Driving Courses In The U.S.A.

Advanced Drivers of America, Inc is the best information source on this topic. Regrettably, almost all of the so-called ‘advanced driving’ courses and even ‘defensive driving’ courses available in the USA have more to do with adapted racetrack techniques than with enhanced road driving skills, and this is potentially very dangerous. The comment above does…

Walk — Don’t Walk!

As vehicles become ever safer for their occupants, more interest is being taken in pedestrian safety. But how much can technology achieve, and how much depends upon changing attitudes? As many as 8,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed and 300,000 injured in the European Community yearly in road accidents. A significant proportion of casualties are…

Pedestrian Crossings

In the UK, the country with the safest roads in the world (IRTAD), there are currently five types of formal pedestrian crossings: Zebra, Pelican, Puffin, Toucan, and Toucan Pegasus crossings. The most basic form of intersection is a pedestrian refuge, usually in the form of an island in the center of the road, where pedestrians…

Expect The Unexpected From Pedestrians

(And Pedestrians Should do the Same for Drivers!) Pedestrian crossing facilities in the USA — a.k.a. “crosswalks” — often leave a great deal to be desired regarding safety. And, whether near a crosswalk or not, drivers need to be continually alert that the unexpected is quite likely to happen. Despite using a marked crossing, these…

Distracted Driving — Overview & Guidelines

Distracted driving, perhaps surprisingly, leaves experts in various fields debating precisely what it is! Indeed, at the first International Conference on Distracted Driving (Toronto, October 2005), a significant proportion of the three-day event was devoted to this question. For example, researchers had one viewpoint, police officers another, and presumably legislators or educators might lean towards…

F.A.Q.s

Many of the questions on this page have been sent to us by people who are apprehensive as drivers or have an oppressive fear of driving (see acknowledgments here). We have tried to give adequate and safety-oriented answers to these questions but must again draw your attention to our disclaimer. If your worries persist, it…