Knowledge is power, and safety

Published 8:44 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

Every day, we get in our cars and make our way to jobs, to schools, to stores. Some of us are new drivers; others have 60-some years of driving under our belts. Some of us have been lucky enough to never have an accident; others may have had a few over the years.

But rarely do we ever think of the dangers of driving when we’re out in about on our daily errands. This may be especially the case for younger drivers — as young people are generally prone to believe they’re invincible. That’s not a criticism, it’s merely an observation. Believing one is 10 feet tall and bulletproof comes with the teen territory.

Injecting a little reality into the minds of young drivers is a good thing — especially when that reality comes in real hands-on experience of what it’s like to lose control of a vehicle: what it feels like to be in an accident while not wearing a seatbelt; what it’s like to be driving too fast and losing traction with the road during bad weather; exactly how much texting really does distract a driver; how a few alcoholic drinks can severely inhibit one’s driving.

That list represents a small part of a long list of the dangers of driving. Unfortunately, many of us, adults and teens alike, are skeptics. We have to experience something for ourselves before we can really believe.

Fortunately, we now have a program in which that list above can be shown and not told.

StreetSafe, a driving program aimed at giving young drivers the tools to be safer drivers, which will lead to safer communities. It’s a morning of one’s life, in which trained instructors will offer up displays and tips, both real and simulated exercises, all aimed at making you, your neighbor, your friends and families better drivers.

Yes, it costs something: $110. But that price is nothing compared to the knowledge gained and, perhaps, in a real-life situation, a life saved.