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How to Teach the Most Important Emergency Maneuver in Driver Education

Linear emergency braking (aka quick-stop) is inarguably the most fundamental emergency maneuver covered in driver education.

It’s a skill that saves lives.

And it’s a skill that deserves mastery.

As an instructor, getting the most out of teaching quick-stops means maximizing every opportunity to improve student performance during a lesson.

So, I’ve put together a highly effective lesson plan to do just that in 4 easy exercises:

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How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 2

Welcome back!

In the last installment of this series, we talked about habit formation as a natural process and how its three basic components work together to create automatic behaviors – good or bad. Now, it’s time to talk about utilizing those components to create good driving habits during lessons.

 

Getting to “Good Driving Habits”

As I mentioned last week, we define a habit by its routine of behavior. So, when we talk about good habits we are usually talking about habituated good behaviors.

But I think we can do a little better. I think we can easily develop strong habits out of good behaviors. Continue reading How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 2

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How Driving Habits Work: How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 1

Welcome to BesideTheWheel’s first featured article!

To kick off our journey, what better place to start than the buzziest buzzword in driver education … habit.

If there’s a holy grail in driver education, it’s good driving habits. They’re the key to lasting safe practices behind the wheel; yet they’re often the most difficult and time-consuming lessons our students may never actually learn.

It seems like it should be simple: demonstrate proper procedures, practice, practice, practice, and use it on the road forever after. Right?  Continue reading How Driving Habits Work: How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 1