Drivers need to take extra care due to distractions of others
I am the owner of the Enhanced Driving Institute, and we had a car run into the back of our student-driver car during a recent weekend. Our student was yielding correctly to traffic, however, the driver from behind wasn't prepared to stop.
I am grateful no one was injured and the collision was minor. However, I become more and more disappointed with how people are driving and the choices they make behind the wheel. I cannot stress the importance of focused driving, especially in this day and age when people use their time behind the wheel to complete tasks (phone calls, messaging and email) versus seeing driving as a task that needs their undivided attention.
My time behind the wheel is no longer relaxing as I'm forced to watch out for the mistakes other drivers are making around me all the time. It unfortunate as our system of education is so focused on new drivers versus drivers in general, who were never trained properly and likely don't fully understand the responsibility that comes with driving.
EDI will continue our push to make sure the new drivers are as prepared as they can be. However, we need the public to give them space and set a positive example. Teen drivers know the risks they face; they don't need real life examples.