Andy Pilgrim's blog

May
19
2017

Parents Need to Set a Safer Example

By Andy Pilgrim

I have been talking to parents for over two decades about the important role they have in their child’s driving education. I have spoken about traffic safety to hundreds of adult groups att over the U.S. ranging from parents at high schools, to church groups, to company sponsored employee meetings.

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Apr
14
2017

The Mental Side of Driving, Part 2

By Andy Pilgrim

Despite what you may hear or read; increases in traffic deaths and injuries over the last two years are not primarily due to cheap gas prices and a slightly better performing economy. The huge increase has been caused by drivers using smartphones while driving. By the end of 2014, everybody who wanted one had one. The impact on traffic fatalities and injuries since that time has been enormous.

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Mar
31
2017

The Mental Side of Driving, Part 1

By Andy Pilgrim

I frequently use the term ‘mental side of driving” when I’m speaking about traffic safety so I was recently asked by a national magazine to write an article describing the mental side of driving as I see it. This blog is a little longer than my normal traffic safety posts here on DIH, but I thought everyone might enjoy seeing it in its entirety. I’ll be presenting it in two parts.

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Mar
6
2017

Vehicle Technology, Part 2

By Andy Pilgrim

In my last post, I wrote about vehicle technology, highlighting seat belts and anti-lock brakes (ABS).

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Feb
24
2017

Vehicle Technology, Part 1

By Andy Pilgrim

I have previously written about the easy U.S. driving test. A simple driving test does almost nothing to prepare anyone to drive safely. We know more challenging driving tests, like the ones in Europe and Scandinavia, take students years to pass. Due to political, economic and parent/voter pressure in the U.S., the chances of us getting a hard driving test, that may well take years to pass, are virtually zero.

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Dec
29
2016

Merging – A Nationwide Driving Issue

By Andy Pilgrim

First of all, I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. If 2017 goes as fast as 2016 then it will be Thanksgiving in about what feels like a week.

I end up driving in at least half of the US States every year on my travels. This schedule, which has been going on for more 20 years, gives me the opportunity to observe US driving habits and behaviors on a pretty wide scale.

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Nov
16
2016

Mental Preparation for Driving

By Andy Pilgrim

It is very rare for me to use anything directly related to racing in my traffic safety education work. To most people, they are mutually exclusive and I don't need to create possible distractions from any safety message. But, there is one technique I learned from my racing that transferred perfectly, first to my driving on the street and from there, to the message in my educational videos.

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Oct
21
2016

We need a Grade 4 thru 8 Mobility Curriculum in US schools

By Andy Pilgrim

I spend a lot of time speaking to groups of parents about traffic safety. I’m frequently asked, why the parents? You probably know the answer by now. Based on over 20 years of research, any meaningful change to America's distracted driving culture will have to include new education ideas to help parents with children of ALL ages. 

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Sep
16
2016

A Driver Education Teaching Exercise for Parents

By Andy Pilgrim

I have spent the last 6 years developing driver education teaching materials specifically targeted to parents. The main reason? The moment parents turn their child’s safety seat around to face front, they become a driver education teacher.

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Aug
19
2016

The Realties of Driving Today, Part 2

By Andy Pilgrim

People ask me all the time how I think the U.S. can significantly cut driving deaths and injuries.  It’s a bit like asking how we can make our government in Washington D.C. more efficient and less costly: it’s complicated.

The sad truth is way too many people are killed on U.S. roads, whether it involves motor vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists. 2016 is looking to be the worst year for traffic fatalities and injuries in decades. 

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