3 Things I Wish My Driver’s Education Teacher Had Warned Me About

Managing Real Estate Broker with Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX

FrustratedIf you’re like me, you took Driver’s Education as part of your sophomore or junior year curriculum.  Back in high school, Driver’s Ed was a semester-long, elective course in which you were qualified to enroll at the age of 15.  Typically, by the last day of class, a student was well versed on the ‘rules of the road’ and highly anticipating the arrival of his or her 16th birthday.  Apparently, the rules of the road have changed since earning my driver's license many years ago.  Exasperated by the behavior of some fellow drivers, I realize my Driver’s Ed instructor neglected to clue me into the dark side of motor vehicles and at least three 'unwritten' rules:

Whatever You Do
Refrain From Using Your Turn Signal When Attempting To Change Lanes

I've been under the impression that turn signals alerted other drivers of your intention to merge into another lane.  This is only partially true.  Essentially, I have learned that using your turn signal accomplishes something else as well.  Nearby drivers are immediately notified of their cue to speed up
thereby making it virtually impossible to move over.  Added Bonus:  As you find yourself desperately trying to squeeze into another lane time and again, you've ensured that the number of near-miss, rear-end collisions will also increase exponentially.

Pedestrians Don't Really Have The Right Of Way

In most cases, I thought pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way.  Shouldn't a person driving a 4,000 pound vehicle slow down for a pedestrian trying to cross the street almost a block away?  Nope, that's really not necessary.  It’s much better to frighten the ?!*@#!* out of the poor woman before almost hitting her.  Allow her to safely and comfortably cross the street while carrying six bags of groceries?  Not your problem.  Plus, do you see that red light up ahead?  Why show a little common courtesy when you can hurry up and wait in traffic?  Sheesh … everyone is in such a rush these days.

After Someone Damages Your Car In The Parking Lot – Expect That Person To Drive Away As Quickly As Possible

Let's say you’ve finished shopping and you're getting ready to head home.  All of a sudden, a big gust of wind comes by and slams your car door into the car next to you.  In order to move your vehicle, you have to get out of your car
then using both hands, you must lift your car door off of the car next to you.  Don't forget to take a second glance to confirm significant damage to the other car.  Alas, you notice the owner of the other car she is swiftly approaching after witnessing your actions.  What do you do next?  That's simple.  Get back in your car and high-tail it out of there as fast as possible!  No sense in stopping – after all, that’s not your car.

So much for my "A" in Driver's Ed class

In other words, what the heck are they teaching in driver's education classes these days anyway?  Recently, I heard that the gold standard of hand placement – the "10 and 2" steering wheel hand positions are all wrong now.  What else don't I know? 

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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

A few years ago when my step sons were in high school I was told that drivers ed must be paid for in order to participate so many people just weren't doing it.  All those 'swerving drivers education' cars that you see?  They aren't being used either I guess.  I'm not really sure how kids learn to drive now adays.

I have to say that 'Evil Lyn' takes over when I see a drivers ed car.  I swerve at them, honk, you name it.  Most of the time though they annoy me because they are going slow in the left lane!

July 29, 2012 12:20 PM
Lynda White
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How

I have another one to add: "On the interstate, be sure to drive in the fast lane about 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit, keeping parallel with a tractor-trailer truck in the other lane so no one can get past you for the next 10 miles." That one is my favorite. 

July 30, 2012 01:31 PM
Tricia Jumonville
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties

And another one:  If there's a speed limit it doesn't apply to those who WANT to speed and anyone who is obeying the speed limit is the real and true cause of any problem caused to the speeder (certainly the speeder themselves couldn't possibly be the cause of their own inconvenience!) and should get out of their way or, preferably, off of their road, because all deference should be given to those who speed.  

July 31, 2012 10:24 AM
Nan Jester
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL

Been driving for 50 years without much problem.  My DAD taught me WELL.  There was no such thing as driver's ed in my day. However, my dad was a great teacher. Most parents SHOULDN'T teach their children.

August 04, 2012 07:49 AM
Kay Marc
I wish drivers Ed would have taught kids what to do in the event of an accident. I had my first accident when I was 16, I backed into a friends car in the dark. I didn't see it, and I didn't know if I even did any damage (I certainly hoped not). But, I did. And they knew, but I was scared and left. Because I didn't know how to handle it, I made the worst of it.
September 09, 2012 02:55 AM

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