Advanced driving education invariably consists of short defensive driving or driver improvement refresher programs that are, more often than not, forced on people as a corporate policy or as a penalty for a traffic violation. It also includes behind-the-wheel skills programs that range from a few hours on a parking lot with cones, to 3-day programs that largely focus on the kind of high performance skills used by race drivers. This article examines what courses would be like if their goals and objectives were not aimed merely at reducing crashes but at producing skills and abilities that were related to a higher form of driving. It may be difficult to look beyond safety for a definition of advanced driving because of a lack of real expert analysis of the driving task itself. The recent trend toward risk perception, risk analysis, and risk management offers a pathway toward a higher order of skills, but if the risk of crashing is deleted from this definition, then the problem remains of defining driving goals and objectives against which to measure risk. A sidebar highlights some task elements of advanced driving skill for consideration: perception, attention dividing, communication, situation awareness, and informal laws.

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    PDE Publications

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  • Publication Date: 1999


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Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1-3
  • Serial:
    • Driver/Education
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: PDE Publications
    • ISSN: 1183-7314

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  • Accession Number: 00790707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2000 12:00AM