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STOP MEANS STOP

  • By 7040276124
  • 16 Mar, 2017

Long enough to look for risks!!

Sooooo...... I want to let you know ONE of my pet peeves.  People not stopping for stop signs or turns on red lights. I know, I know. NOBODY.... well hardly anybody does it and they haven't been in an accident so what's the big deal?

Here's the deal....I do stop at stop signs and on red lights before turning. I am doing things the right way. WHY you ask??  BECAUSE I AM A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR.  Would you sign your child up with a school that you saw was doing things wrong?? I drive a vehicle that advertises my school so I am very conscientious of how I drive. I advertise  non-stop.  Not only that but my philosophy in and out of the car for my students is not the proverbial DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO. If I ask them to do it.....I better be doing it as well.

Do I get honked at and raged on in my student car?  OH YEAH.  All the time. I don't think that many people actually see the words STUDENT DRIVER on the back end of my car. If they do they certainly don't have an issue with honking, flipping me off, tailgating  or cutting me or my student off if I take a little to long to get going or don't go fast enough for them.

I know we are all in a hurry but for the sake of not just my students but all of the inexperienced drivers out there trying to do it right....PLEASE, PLEASE give them a little space.

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By 7040276124 16 Mar, 2017
Sooooo...... I want to let you know ONE of my pet peeves.  People not stopping for stop signs or turns on red lights. I know, I know. NOBODY.... well hardly anybody does it and they haven't been in an accident so what's the big deal?

Here's the deal....I do stop at stop signs and on red lights before turning. I am doing things the right way. WHY you ask??  BECAUSE I AM A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR.  Would you sign your child up with a school that you saw was doing things wrong?? I drive a vehicle that advertises my school so I am very conscientious of how I drive. I advertise  non-stop.  Not only that but my philosophy in and out of the car for my students is not the proverbial DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO. If I ask them to do it.....I better be doing it as well.

Do I get honked at and raged on in my student car?  OH YEAH.  All the time. I don't think that many people actually see the words STUDENT DRIVER on the back end of my car. If they do they certainly don't have an issue with honking, flipping me off, tailgating  or cutting me or my student off if I take a little to long to get going or don't go fast enough for them.

I know we are all in a hurry but for the sake of not just my students but all of the inexperienced drivers out there trying to do it right....PLEASE, PLEASE give them a little space.
By 7040276124 01 Feb, 2017
As a new grandparent I want the best for my grand baby. I would also like to know that I am doing everything I can to keep him safe when he is with me. I'm not exactly sure when you had kids but I can tell you its been 21 years since I have had to buckle one of mine into an infant seat and the seats we had when my kids were young were nothing like the high tech new fangled  ~ and very expensive ~ seats our kids are now using for their kids.....our grandchildren.

Did you know that you can no longer keep your child in their snow suit when you put them into their car seat in the winter months? NOPE!  The extra clothing that they have on can keep the straps less than secure making it easier for them to be ejected in the case of a crash. Nope... you dress them down now and bundle them up with blankets. I didn't have a clue so I went on the hunt for more information and I'm forwarding it to you so that you can be informed to.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants up to age two be in a rear facing infant seat. This rule differs from state law here in Minnesota that states that you only have to have them rear facing up until age one or 20 pounds.

For tips on how to install child safety seats as well as other great information you can visit SAFERCAR.GOV You can also contact your local police or fire department for help with installing the base/seat safely and securely into your vehicle.

I also found some great information on car seats and the DO's and DON'T's on PARENT.COM .

Please keep you and your children safe.....BUCKLE UP!
By 7040276124 25 Jan, 2017

You may or may not have seen the news report (January 24th, 2017) about the passenger train that hit the semi truck. If not, click HERE and link to it.

 I cannot imagine what the operator of the train or the truck driver were thinking when it all happened. After all, the crossing was marked wasn’t it? The lights and gate and alarm always work don’t they? NOT ALWAYS. According to the investigators, ice build up in the Salt Lake, Utah area was a possible cause.

 Did you know that only about 1/3 of our railroad crossings here in the US are actually controlled? That means that the other 2/3 ~ more than likely in suburban and rural areas ~ have NO LIGHTS, NO GATE, NO ALARM to tell you that there is a train coming. Some have stop signs but many may not.

 Railroad crossings are dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

~ Three out of four crashes occur within 25 miles of a motorist's home.

~ Fifty percent of all crashes occur within five miles of home.

~ A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.

~ A train hitting a car is like a car hitting a pop can - it's no contest.

As you approach a railroad crossing you need to SLOW DOWN!! Treat a railroad crossing like you would an uncontrolled intersection. Look both ways before you cross to make sure that there isn’t a train coming. You also need to be aware of how many tracks are at the crossing. Once you know its safe go across the tracks and make sure that your entire vehicle and anything you may be hauling clears the tracks with a little extra room. If you cannot fully clear the tracks you shouldn’t start across them.


By tammy.slaughter 17 Jan, 2017
In my classroom I ask my students if their parents like roundabouts. The answers I get are usually mixed ~ sometimes yes or, more likely than not ~ an emphatic NO!  Why is this? Well I think I can answer that question.  If you are of my age ~ I graduated in 1983 ~ you NEVER learned about them in drivers education. They only just reached the United States in the 1990's. That means that you had to learn by accident (not literally) because you all of a sudden came up on one.

I teach my students  how to navigate roundabouts not only in the classroom but do spend a nice amount of time on one of the harder ones in the area during my behind the wheel lessons.

I would like to teach you how to use them too. Click HERE to watch a short 6 minute video on how to navigate your roundabout!!
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