What Are The Differences Between Driver Education And Driver Training?

These two terms are often used interchangeably. For most companies, especially those operating fleets, you can find the two terms used to entail the entire scope of driver education, both theoretically and practically. As much as it seems like they mean the same thing, there are distinct differences when we narrow down the specifics.

Knowing and understanding the differences between the two is important, as it will give you an extended view of what the road is like, and will help you become an effective defensive driver.

What is the general difference?

One of the biggest distinctions between the two is that education entails the ‘what’, while training entails the ‘how’. On the surface you might not see a clear distinction, but when you look closely at the two, you will start realizing it.

Taking a look at what most of us were taught in high school concerning driving, the course would give a general view of the rules of the road. We would be given some course work on paper and learn a few signs here and there and sit an exam at the end of the course. Your high school’s Driver Ed program would not end at this point. It would be futile for anyone to end such studies in class without really getting in a cockpit and actually driving.

Safety education thus teaches the student about the seriousness of the road. It gives a depth on the importance of following the rules and the consequences of not doing so. It also tests you on this, and awards you if you pass the test. Safety training on the other hand places you behind the wheels of a car. It teaches you the various dynamics of the car. Methods like how far to turn the wheel, how to use your mirrors, checking the engine, reacting to emergencies and the like are taught in the training program.

Which of the two is appropriate: Driver education or driver training?

None can stand alone on its own. Educating a driver about the road without training him is useless; and so is doing a training program without having the driver educated. This is even worse when a driver is just about to be hired by a company, say to become part of the company’s fleet drivers.

The starting point for any driver on the road must be safety education. If the driver is to be hired by a company for its fleet, the Driver’s Ed course in high school becomes too shallow for such a person. The reason is that there are more responsibilities given to such personnel than can be handled by a novice driver.

Safety education concepts

Here the driver is taught more than just following the rules to avoid tickets and fines. Defensive driving comes into play. He is taught to anticipate danger at any given time.  He is aware that the ‘other guy’ may do something out of the unexpected and taught how to react when something like that happens. Therefore, it all begins before stepping on the pedals.

Safety training concepts

Now that you are able to have a view of how the road is like, it is equally important to know how to check you vehicle’s roadworthiness. The practical bit here is put to the test. How fast can you change a busted wheel? Do you know how to check on your oil and water? Do you understand all the indicators and the lights on your dashboard and what each of them mean? Do you understand the engine well enough to know which gear you are in for an automatic transmission system?

At the end of the day, working together both hand in hand, the combination of safety training and safety education is a must-do for drivers on our roads.

Defensive Driving: What You Should Know About Driving In The Dark

I am certain there are things that are more complex than juggling chain saws, and for some, driving during the night is one of them. The lack or the total ignorance of once night vision is a high cause of night time car accidents, and the disaster is on the rise.

This is the reason why many states and even nations are taking up huge highway electrification projects to give drivers a better time on the roads at night. Other than that, there is a constant call to understand the measures that one needs to undertake while driving in the dark. Here are a few things every driver needs to know.

Always drive slowly

It is prudent to give yourself more time to process and react to obstacles once you meet them on the highway. Driving slowly will help you do so. Speed limits are not a law enacted by highway authorities to have you pressured while on the road, no! They are a limit to the extent to which you should drive, and an indicator that if you surpass that limit, you are endangering both you and the other drivers.

Give yourself time to evaluate the obstacles that you may not be aware of. Some of these are like bumps, bends, crossing areas, junctions and cross-roads that are not too visible at night.

Get an eye examination

As much as it may not be a priority, an eye checkup may be a savior on the road. When visibility reduces, the risk of an accident increases. You may have noticed that it is even harder to distinguish between colors when you are driving in the dark or in low light. This may not be caused by an exterior issue, but may be an eye-problem issue. Do have them checked and wear you glasses if you must.

Do not stare

If you are fond of lights, you are not bound to be a very good driver. People who dazzle at on-coming vehicles in the dark may lose their concentration on the road much too easily. When such disruptions occur, most people tend to via off the road, either towards the oncoming or far away from the oncoming, to an extent that they steer off the road. Keep your eyes focused and you will not get the temporary blind spot one gets after steering at bright lights.

Have your vitamins

Yes! As part of eye health, drivers are always encouraged to be faithful to their vitamin intake. Vitamin A in particular is good for night vision. Multivitamin supplements can be one recommendation from the doctor if you are having problems with night vision. Of course, we all know that those good green vegetables are rich in vitamins.

Keep off the road if you have fatigue

While on the road, it is important to have enough rest. Fatigue will always impair you skills on the road, blurring your judgment when something dangerous is about to happen while on the road.

Taking care of the car 

A number of times, you may have noticed how the glare from the oncoming car can blind your vision. This is a normal occurrence. However, keeping your windshield clean will avert some of the risks that come along with this. The glare is temporal, but shouldn’t be made worse by a dirty wind screen.

In line with that, it is always important as well to keep your main beam on, only when you are the only driver on the road. Always remember to dim the light when there is an oncoming vehicle. This keeps the glare at bay and the oncoming driver can at least have a better vision of your car’s edge and know how best to react.