Safe Driving Discussion

Way too much going on

Way too much going on


Nobody Knows How To Drive!

Drivers today are bombarded with a variety of distractions. There has been a great deal of attention given to texting while driving, video and audio distractions, and isolation of the driver from road conditions and sounds. As you learn the rules of the road, you have to develop your own approach to driver safety. How do drivers act around your area. You also need to consider how your safe driving principles change with the seasons, the area of town you are driving in, and time of day.

This discussion will allow you to discuss your tactics for dealing with aggressive and distracted drivers. As you form your post and respond to your classmates, remember the driving culture can vary across the country. How you would handle an aggressive driver may be different then your classmates. Consider the rules you have learned in class, and how common courtesy plays into operating a motor vehicle. Do you believe the same social norms apply in all situations? Do you think there are situations where it is appropriate to honk your horn or display threatening gestures?

With these thoughts in mind, identify two strategies you would consider for dealing with aggressive or reckless drivers. Use your experience as a vehicle operator, or as a passenger, to form your thoughts and describe to your peers how you would react. Once you have posted your initial response, respond to at least two of your classmates. Consider their geographic setting and how the driving culture in their situation differs from yours.

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3 thoughts on “Safe Driving Discussion

  1. Matthew Pittman

    If I encountered an aggressive drive I would try to avoid the situation by backing off. This may mean slowing down, switching lanes, or perhaps even taking a different route. Cars are dangerous vehicles and I would want to avoid any chance of a collision. Avoiding the situation is the best option in my book. I don’t believe making gestures at the other driver is a great idea, you just never know what kind of position the other person is in. Honking your horn, to alert another driver to a potential dangerous situation is perfectly ok. If the driver is being very reckless, perhaps seems to be under the influence or too distracted or emotional to drive, I would consider contacting the authorities.

  2. LorenSpinks

    I love the picture you chose for this blog post! I also really like the questions you ask about cultural norms, especially your example about horn use. In some places, this is very common in traffic and highway situations. In other places, it can be understood as rude or aggressive. Your questions encourage your students to think on a deeper level. I would be very interested to see where this discussion would lead and what experiences students would share. It’s not something all new drivers would immediately consider.


  3. Amanda LeeVan


    I too chose distracted driving though you did a better job of introducing the topic I think. There are more distractions for drivers these days then when I first began driving. I have a 15 year old who has her driving permit so this topic is very timely as I let her drive me around (with bated breath and an imaginary brake on the passenger side). I remember when I was learning to drive and the simulator had a movie where you were taught to use defensive driving to see things well before they occurred. Do you think that in a few years time this might be a moot discussion as technology continues to evolve and we have more cars that drive themselves (Google Car Drives Itself


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