Driving Tips: Half-Measures Won’t Work

Driving Tips: Half-Measures Won't Work

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This applies to many areas of our life. Recently, I made the commitment to lose weight and get in better physical condition. For the past 20 some years my weight has been up and down like a yo-yo. Losing weight is not a big deal – losing it and keeping it off is the big deal.

weight and get in better physical condition. For the past 20 some years my weight has been up and down like a yo-yo. Losing weight is not a big deal – losing it and keeping it off is the big deal.

As I was reading one of the newsletters that I subscribe to, the author mentioned the notion that “half-measures don’t work”. His reference was specifically for marketing and business practices, but at the moment I read it, I said “Tell me about it. I know that for sure.” I was reflecting on my experience over the previous 6 weeks during which time I gave up sugar, dairy, grains and starches. (Okay, on Super Bowl weekend I caved and ate some popcorn.)

Only by going all in, making the commitment every day, at every meal (at home or out with colleagues), each time I  by fully committing to this course of action have I been able to make progress (as of today, I weighed in a 233 – down from 306 in less than 5 months, not bad).

And I’ve been exercising fairly regularly, so I’m feeling a lot better overall.

As I looked at our students who have been successful in becoming collision-free drivers, it occurred to me that, in order to accomplish that goal, they (and you, their parents) commit all the way.

Half-measures won’t work. You constantly have to be on your toes each time you drive, create and re-create that 3 to 5 second following distance, anticipate the action of other drivers, target far enough ahead to be able to spot and avoid the traps, pick the path of least resistance and stabilize traffic to the rear.

And, as the instructor, you have to be diligent about prompting and requiring the commentary (at least, the “must use” terms) so that when your daughter is driving on her own, she hears your voice in her head as she clears each intersection or checks the mirror before slowing.

So keep the faith, commit all the way and put yourself and your daughter in the best position to become a collision-free driver. This is something I instill in all my Texas drivers education students and try to encourage parents who use our product to do the same. Remember, “Drive like your life depends on.”