Welcome. ODEC. Oregon Driver Education Center. Objectives: A. Why Driver Education? B. Creating a Successful Partnership C. New Terminology D . Establish Steps for Success. At the end of the day. . . It’s about getting home safely!. The Bad News.
Oregon Driver Education Center
A. Why Driver Education?
B. Creating a Successful Partnership
C. New Terminology
D. Establish Steps for Success
It’s about getting home safely!
Automobile crashes are the #1 cause of death for teens in Oregon.
More than 600 were involved in fatal & injury collisions in 2006.
A national study (NHTSA, 2005) completed in Oregon revealed that teens taking formal driver education are. . .
Teenagers taught to drive by both professionals and their parents are nearly three times less likely to be involved in serious accidents than those who do not receive professional training.
Oregon’s Graduated Driver’s License Program took effect in 1998.
Fatal and injury crashes for 16 and 17 year have dropped dramatically ever since.
Do you want your
Son/Daughter To be
Good Habit Development
It requires a successful
Teacher, Student and Parents
to form good
But what is GUIDED PRACTICE?
Do you remember learning how to type?
Let’s try it together:
Using an imaginary keyboard, close your eyes and
and type the word
Could you see the keyboard
in your mind?
Which fingers did you use?
If you could “see” the keyboard in your mind, and type the letters, it’s because you learned to type through guided practice.
Your teacher taught you where to place your fingers on the keyboard and where each letter was located. Then you practiced until you could successfully type anything you wanted.
You built good habits!
How do we change behavior
and learn good habits?
4th - Unconsciously
Competent (This is the goal! Habitually correct
3rd - Consciously
Competent (Lots of practice to reach this point, but
still have more to learn.)
2nd - Consciously
Incompetent (We understand the task, but are
not but are not very good at it.)
Incompetent (We have no idea how to perform a task.)
Stage 4 can only be achieved
through guided practice.
Students don’t drive the way they were taught because they don’t do the correct behavior enough times for it to become habitual.
Form the Basis of the
Driver Education Course
High Risk Driver Behaviors
Estimated 9 X 10 ²³
“Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted”
- Albert Einstein
The statistics on the previous slide are the best reason for each of us to commit to spending as much time as necessary to teach our youngest drivers the skills and habits they need to be safe.
We should feel some outrage to know that more than 42,000 Americans die on our roads each year. And we should be dismayed to know that nearly 3 million of us are injured in crashes each year.
Did you take Driver Education?
Do you think anything has changed?
It changed about 15 years ago.
Vision vs. Perception
Response vs. Reaction
Pull-Push Steering Technique
and so much more!
Take the following test.
Read the following sentence through once and count the number of f’s.
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-
IC STUDY COMBINED WITH
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-
IC STUDY COMBINED WITH
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.
How did you do? There were 6 letter f’s in the sentence. Would you have done better if you had known you were looking for 6 of them?
This illustrates the difference between vision and perception. Perception involves seeing as well as understanding what to look for and how to interpret the information we gather.
Proper Perception is vital to good driving!
The next slide shows the blind spot created by the traditional mirror adjustment, which involves a large overlap in what is seen in the three mirrors.
Notice that the blind spot with this mirror setting is big enough to easily hide a full-sized vehicle from the view created by the side mirror.
RIGHT BLIND SPOT
LEFT BLIND SPOT
Cones outline the blind areas caused by traditional mirror settings
Traditional side view mirror settings shows same view as rear view mirror
RIGHT SIDE VIEW
LEFT SIDE VIEW
The enhanced mirror adjustment is pictured on the following slide. While this setting doesn’t eliminate the need for over the shoulder checks, as you can see, this setting does make the side blind spot much, much smaller.
All you need to do to achieve the enhanced setting is tilt the mirrors out about 12 degrees so that the side of your vehicle is not visible when you look in the mirrors.
The BGE enhanced side mirror settings (15 degrees to outside) minimizes right and left side mirror blind areas
ENHANCED RIGHT SIDE MIRROR VIEW
ENHANCED LEFT SIDE MIRROR VIEW
Space management is an important aspect of driver’s education. Managing the space in our lane of traffic is particularly important.
To make it easy to talk about the space within our lane, numbers are assigned to each area. These lane positions allow students to learn to effectively use each part of their lane to improve their line of sight and establish the best separation from other vehicles or obstacles.
Lane Position Options
Lane position 4 and 5:
Straddling the line to avoid a problem
Because making lane changes is a potentially troublesome maneuver for most new drivers, we work on a procedure they can use to be sure they are making a safe movement from one lane to another. We use the acronym MSMOG to help them remember where to look and what to look for as they prepare for lane changes.
Once the students understand how to use MSMOG to be sure it’s safe to change lanes, they are taught to steer smoothly through the lane changes by referring to the lane positions.
You were probably taught to hold the steering wheel at the 10 & 2 positions. But chances are you learned to drive on a vehicle that did not have air bags.
And you probably used a hand over hand technique to steer into turns.
But your students will be taught pull-push steering. They will hold the wheel at 8 & 4 or at 9 & 3, and learn to turn without crossing their hands—a safer form of steering air-bag equipped vehicles.
Turning with Pull-Push Steering
A right turn is initiated by pulling the wheel down from 1 o’clock to five o’clock, while the left hand glides down to 7 o’clock.
At that point, the left hand goes to work, pushing the wheel up to 11 o’clock, while the right hand glides up to one o’clock to meet it and so on.
Learning some new vocabulary will be part of your student’s experience, too.
LINE OF SIGHT: Anything that blocks our ability to gather critical information.
PATH OF TRAVEL: Anything that blocks our ability to occupy a space in the road.
What is the Potential Problem?
You have a line of sight blockage caused by the building. It could be hiding pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Students will learn how to make correct, complete Legal Stops.
They will practice making Safety Stops to improve their line of sight.
And they will learn the advantages of the Staggered Stop and when to use it.
Remember: This position is IN ADDITION to a Legal Stop!
Students quickly find that the body of the vehicle causes a large blind area that makes the car seem to be much larger than it really is.
We introduce the concept of reference points to help them overcome the problem.
You can line up the side view mirror with the curb line. Students learn a series of reference points that will help them place their vehicle precisely. The best part is that the reference points work on all vehicles.
Show me what it feels like…
These “feelings” should be seen as a RED FLAG that a high risk behavior is occurring.
Pitch– Vehicle weight is transferred to the front or the rear tires when braking or accelerating. Loss of traction can occur.
Roll- Vehicle weight is transferred to the side tires when turning or cornering. Loss of traction can occur.
Yaw – Traction to tires is lost causing vehicle to spin around its center of gravity or “Yaw” axis.
This is the framework for using the 10 Driving Habits in every situation.
To qualify for State Certification a student must complete 30 hrs of classroom instruction and 12 hrs of BTW instruction before obtaining their driver license and or their 18th birthday. An additional $210 will be charged for students who do not meet these guidelines.
BTW lessons occur outside of class time. Parents can begin scheduling the 6 lessons after the first day of class. Each lesson is 2hrs long. 1 hour the student drives and 1 hour they observe. There is a late cancelation fee for canceling a lesson with less than 72hr notice.
Students are required to be in class for 30hrs and receive an 80% or higher to complete. Any class time missed must be made up prior to course completion. We have several location to make up hours missed hours
There are 3 exit exams taken online at home.
If a student gets 90% or better on each exit exam they bypass the written final.
Student still has to show up for class because they have to be in class for 30 hours.
Driver Ed will allow students to bypass the DMV drive test.
Still Need to have 50 hours of driving
Still have to take the knowledge test from DMV
Still have to have their permit for 6 months
Still has to be 16 years old
Must be clear
Must be enforced
The Graduated Drivers License creates
a few boundaries for the new licensed
You may want to consider these
boundaries for your own teen:
80% of fatal collisions in Oregon occur on rural roads.
Restrict Night Driving
Most teen nighttime fatal crashes occur from 9pm to 12 am
Restrict their passengers
Tighten or further extent law already in place
Have guidelines for loud music, etc.
Being a passenger
Know who your teen is driving with. Are they responsible?
New Drivers learn a lot by example, so be sure that you practice safe driving habits.
Teens with crashes and violations often have
role models with poor driving records.
Teenagers should drive vehicles that reduce their chances of a crash and offer protection in case they do crash.
Research vehicle crash test ratings at:
We can all get home safely!