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All new, scenario-based driver training manual concentrating on the decision-making process. Takes a couple of hours to complete and will positively affect a young persons daily decisions about driving as well as other behavior.
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All new, scenario-based driver training manual concentrating on the decision-making process. Takes a couple of hours to complete and will positively affect a young persons daily decisions about driving as well as other behavior.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461102830
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/17/2011
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Knauff is a flight instructor, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and the author of numerous flight training manuals. He is a world-wide recognised author of numerous articles in many flying magazines, and holds numerous world and national flying records, and is recognised as a leader in flight safety.
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First Chapter

A safe driver consistently makes good decisions. What is a good decision? It is the ability to make decisions, which assure the safe continuation of a vehicle trip. These decisions are a series of evaluations a driver makes over a period of seconds, minutes, hours or longer, to keep the driver, passengers and others out of danger.
Good decisions guarantee positive, safe aspects of driving resulting in the freedom to drive an automobile and return home safely. Good decisions are an intangible part of driving which enhances safety. A driver who has developed good decision-making habits has developed the skills and judgment allowing a series of safe decisions in the midst of unforeseen, potentially hazardous, situations.
Automobile accident statistics indicate the vast majority of accidents involve driver error. Most drivers acknowledge and accept there are risks involved with driving. Drivers who are either unaware of the risks, or actually seek out those risks are most likely to be involved accidents.
It has been proven drivers can learn to make good decisions just as they have learned the mechanical aspects of driving. Learning to make good decisions is just as much a part of the learning to drive process as the mechanical and general knowledge skills.
This manual will help you learn the mental processes of making good decisions and judgments. The subject material is divided into the following sections:
Introduction to Driver Decision Making.
Decision Making Concepts.
Self-assessment of Hazardous Thought Patterns.
Reinforcement Through Repetition.
Antidotes for Hazardous Thoughts.
Identifying and Reducing Stress.
Some Further Reinforcement.
The Number One Cause of Accidents.
When you are issued a driver license, the government is granting you the privilege to use public highways and facilities. In accepting this privilege, you are expected to adhere to rules without engaging in any activities that might infringe on the rights and safety of others. At all times, it is the driver?s responsibility to operate a vehicle safely, legally and carefully.
The driver always has direct responsibility for the operation of the vehicle. This responsibility is not shared with anyone else - not with passengers, or other vehicles. These responsibilities are not specifically spelled out in the manuals you have used to earn your driver?s license. You are expected to use "good judgment" to understand and interpret the rules for individual situations, and to operate your vehicle in the most responsible manner. Accident statistics indicate many drivers fail to live up to that expectation. Nearly 90 percent of all vehicle accidents may be attributed, at least in part, to driver error. Driver error includes poor decision making.
"Judgment" has different definitions. One is good judgment is good old "common sense" when it is applied to making correct decisions. "Sense" relates to an intense awareness, realization, and understanding of all the facilities, which are involved in making a correct decision. Sense is generally applied to a person?s ability to act effectively and positively in any given situation.
A most significant aspect of driver decisions is an expected outcome. Decision-making is not an end in itself, but involves both a decision to act and respond, even if that response is inaction - to do nothing. In making a decision, drivers consider all relevant personal, vehicle and environmental factors which have, or may have, an influence upon the decision making process. Decision-making is thus a process, which produces a thoughtful, considered decision relating to a vehicle?s operation along with an inseparable response (i.e., action/inaction) to that decision. So, if good decision-making is a process involving thoughtful consideration and a positive outcome or action, the following definition of a driver?s good decision making emerges:
"Good decision making is the process of recognizing and analyzing all available information about oneself, the vehicle, and the driving environment, followed by the rational evaluation of alternatives to implement a timely decision which maximizes safety. Driver judgment thus involves one?s attitude toward risk-taking and one?s ability to evaluate risks and make decisions based upon one?s knowledge, skills and experience. A good decision always involves a problem or choice, an unknown element, and usually a time constraint and stress."
Conventional driver training prescribes knowledge, procedures, and skills necessary to conduct safe vehicle operation. No driver is fully trained to drive every type of vehicle with every type of size, equipment, or in every possible climatic condition. Neither are drivers fully trained in every possible situation that might arise. It is not practical, or possible to teach every possible situation a student driver may encounter, given the limited amount of time and money dedicated to learning to drive.
The instructor attempts to teach good decision making behavior, and evaluates performance through a set of limited, but supervised driving situations. The instructor not only teaches the necessary driving skills required to perform specific maneuvers, but also teaches the student to apply previously learned knowledge and skills to subsequent situations.
Since the student cannot be taught how to handle every possible situation he or she may encounter, the instructor must try to provide a representative range of learning experiences the driver can later apply to similar situations. As the neophyte driver displays competence and organized behavior in training situations, there is an increase in ability to perform safely. In new situations, the driver?s decision will be based upon two considerations: (1) what the driver had previously learned which may be applicable to the new situations, and (2) what the driver chooses to consider as relevant information for arriving at a new decision while operating in "unknown territory."
Herein lies an important distinction for describing driver judgment. Some decisions result from judgment and others from training. Poor training decisions often occur because the necessary knowledge and skills were never taught or were never sufficiently learned. When the knowledge and skills were learned but not used - or not used correctly - a poor judgment decision results. This is why thorough learning of basic knowledge and skills required for driving a vehicle is so critical as a basis for making sound decisions.
How a driver handles responsibilities as "driver-in command" depends to a large degree upon ingrained attitudes toward safety, toward themselves and towards others. Psychologists tell us that attitudes are learned, they are not innate behavior. Good attitudes can be developed, through training, into a positive mental framework encouraging and producing good driver decisions. On the other hand, bad driver habits created by previously learned poor attitudes can be "unlearned," modified through training into good attitudes.
How positive attitudes toward driving can be learned within a conventional driver instruction curriculum is the subject of this driver decision making training program.
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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Who knew safety and thought patterns went hand-in-hand? Great book for beginning and experienced drivers as well.

    I bought this book thinking it would be great gift for a new driver I know. I found it interesting that the book is adapted from a safe-pilot training manual and uses an adeptation of the ideas and methods for training pilots to train drivers how to safely drive a vehicle.

    "Driver Training Accident Prevention" is a great book for the new driver I had in mind. After reading the book, I discovered that it is also a great book for myself. The book teaches how personal thought patterns can impact safe (or unsafe) driving. I highly recommend this book to those who drive no matter the experience level; newly licensed, about to be licensed, or licensed for many years.

    I especially liked the THREE MENTAL PROCESSES OF SAFE DRIVING exercises and answers. Wow. This got my attention early in the reading, allowing me to remain engaged in the book and to move into the following exercises. Because of my personal great experience using this book, I will be recommending the book to anyone who drives, but especially to new drivers. It took me only a few hours to read the book including doing the exercises. A short-time investment for a long-time benefit.

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