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Oct
27
2017

How Every Driver can Help End Traffic Fatalities

By Andy Pilgrim

The latest statistics on U.S. roads show that we are continuing the dangerous increases in fatalities and injuries we have seen over the last two years.

I am travelling all over the world this year, both for my racing and for my work with Automobile magazine. So far, I have been to England, Germany, Spain, France, Australia, Portugal and the UAE. Wherever I go in the world, I rent a car and often drive hundreds of miles over a race weekend.

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Sep
29
2017

The 4 Types of Tailgaters and How to Avoid Them

By Andy Pilgrim

Tailgating crashes are becoming an epidemic in the U.S. When a driver tailgates, or follows another vehicle too closely, it prevents them from avoiding a crash when the vehicle in front of them brakes suddenly.

To help your teen understand this problem, let’s have a look at the psychology of tailgaters. Drivers choose to tailgate other vehicles for a myriad of reasons:

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Aug
17
2017

Traffic Safety Readiness Level DEFCON 1

By Andy Pilgrim

The defense (DEF) readiness condition (CON) is an alert state used by the United States Armed Forces. DEFCON 5 is the condition denoting normal readiness, going up to DEFCON 1 which signifies maximum readiness.

Similarly, driver training in Europe emphasizes always having a high state of readiness. I passed my driving test in the UK for both motorcycles and cars and have ridden mopeds and motorcycles since I was 16 years old (the UK tests are among the toughest in the world). Expecting the unexpected is my driving life mantra.

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Jul
21
2017

The Danger of Using Smartphones at Red Lights

By Andy Pilgrim

“I don’t text and drive, I only mess with my phone at red lights”. If I had a dollar for every time I heard adult drivers tell me this, I would have a lot of dollars.

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Jun
26
2017

Road Rage!

By Andy Pilgrim

We often hear about road rage through media reports. One incident I read about involved a young child, shot to death while sitting next to her father. A person in another vehicle was apparently upset with her father’s driving. There had been no crash and nobody was hurt, but the shooter felt the need to fire his gun at the other vehicle, killing the young girl. Of course, the perpetrator fled the scene, but thankfully, they were later caught by police. 

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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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