Feb 24, 2017 4:03 PM
A driving educator and instructor offers refresher tips for seniors in this debut manual.
Think of McCormack’s book as a kind of “everything you learned about driving years ago but probably take for granted” guide. The author adheres to a philosophy he calls “Advantageous Driving”—“a driver’s ongoing effort to optimally and strategically position” the vehicle. He reinforces this belief in a work that concentrates on basic driving maneuvers and courtesy. While he acknowledges the older driver’s lengthy experience, McCormack hopes to “add an incremental improvement, or two.” The volume is divided into three sections: The Driver, The Vehicle, and The Roadways. The first section is appropriately the longest and most detailed; it discusses why some drivers are good and others mediocre, provides a checklist and skill suggestions, and details sound strategies when turning, approaching traffic lights, changing lanes, merging, and parking. This section also highlights a number of issues specifically related to senior drivers, such as changes in distance perception and visual acuity, taking over from a spouse to become the new primary driver, and driving with a disability. Part 2 covers information about motor vehicles, such as basic maintenance, types of ownership, fuel choices, and ways to personalize a vehicle. This helpful section offers insight into some of the more current technologies as well, including the various wheel drive options (front, rear, four wheel, and all wheel), new transmission systems, vehicle color safety research, new safety innovations such as blind-spot monitoring and frontal hazard detection, and even a bit about futuristic self-driving cars. This information may be too technical for some but it does hold a certain fascination. The third section traces the origin of the interstate highway system, potentially an intriguing historical foray for seniors, and describes what the future may hold for roadways. There is also a much-needed discussion about when it may be time to stop driving, including a nifty 22-point checklist of “warning signs.” The easy-to-read book closes with worthy resources for drivers.
Authoritative and nonjudgmental; filled with useful tips and information targeted to seniors that should reinforce or rekindle their enthusiasm for safe, attentive driving.
This is a very accurate and helpful description of the book. I agree that drivers tend to become complacent over time, and Dale's text acts as a reminder to think about one's actions while driving, and gentle and tactful reminders to keep a positive and co-operative attitude toward other drivers. It has been said, that what's really important is what one learns AFTER one knows it all!
If you think you really don't need to read a book that tells you how to drive, I think you should reserve that judgement until after you read this book.
Aug 22, 2016 12:16 AM
"Advantageous Driving 4 Seniors: Survival Skills, Strategies and Knowledge" is now available from all popular online sources. The soft-cover version is available at Amazon.
The suggested retaill cost is $9.99 for the Kindle edition and $14.95 for soft cover.
Jul 29, 2016 11:10 AM
Content Sample from: ” Strategic Driving 4 Seniors: Survival Skills, Strategies and Knowledge.”
Welcome to the “American Drivers Team”
Whether you realize it or not, every time you sit behind the steering wheel and roll onto the roadway, you become part of a team, the “American Drivers Team”. In college, my professors and textbooks called this organization of drivers/vehicles/roadways the “Highway Transportation System”; how boring! So, to make it relevant to you readers, who typically have an interest in sports, I created an appropriate driving/sporting name. One that all drivers will (eventually) recognize and behave as proud, responsible members; the American Drivers Team! As individual members, we care both about ourselves and the overall team goal of safe, efficient movement of goods and services. And there’s room for personal improvement as you’ll discover reading forward. The placement and control of your vehicle affects others. You want to stay out of their way, just as you want others not to slow your travels. Each individual on the team contributes to the safety enjoyment and efficiency while traveling to and from destinations. The “golden rule” is to treat others as you want to be treated. This is done whenever you make adjustments that make driving easier and safer for others. Others depend on you, and you depend on them. Throughout these chapters ideas on becoming a skilled member of the team will be presented. Let’s talk about how this works in the real world.
Is Good Driving Difficult?
Perhaps, but whether it’s hard, or easy, you’re right. Fortunately, it is absolutely attainable by almost everyone who desires improvement. I don’t believe it is particularly hard to be a good driver. It can be learned and performed by virtually anyone who works at it. These skills and abilities will be discussed in upcoming chapters. Some will find learning these skills and abilities easier than others. Presented herein is information to develop attitudes, knowledge and techniques to master many of the challenges and specific situations faced on today’s roadways. Driving is both a physical and mental activity. The physical aspects of street driving do not require any significant athletic ability, merely the use of arms and legs to operate the vehicle controls. For others, mechanical and/or prosthetic devices may be required. Mental aspects require maximum attentiveness to the environment and situation ahead, as well as (to a lesser degree) the side and rear-view mirrors, proximity sensors and/or camera display(s). Some useful ideas, tips and skills will be suggested. With practice, they will become more natural and integrated into your driving behaviors, requiring less mental energy for routine use. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. Laws provide some encouragement for good behavior, but an internal desire to learn and take personal pride is the aspect which primarily determines how any individual controls their vehicle.
Advantageous Driving 4 Seniors
Awareness Brings Responsibilities
As a team member, seek to be conscientious and continually attempt to make life easier and safer for other road users. This starts with courtesy and communication. Signal every lateral (sideways) move. Also, always move far sideways out of traffic when preparing for your turn; whether into the center median (yes, across painted lines) or onto the shoulder. Such behavior will make space available for others to continue moving easily, while you complete your turn. It is especially helpful to everyone during low traction conditions! When you communicate your intentions on the road, others can help you and will appreciate your respect for them. Since our roads are made for everyone’s use, we need to be attentive while traveling to our destination. Naturally, communication is one side of the situation, but we need to help in other ways with courteous actions to best accomplish everyone’s goals. For example, adjusting speed or lane position can provide space for a team member’s escape from their ending lane. Also, when another driver helps you, wave your hand in appreciation! Don’t let any good deed go unrecognized. When someone provides a break between vehicles, always give them a pleasant acknowledgement for their good behavior. Or, sometimes you’ll notice a vehicle with a burned out brake light. If you manage to stop next to them at a traffic light lower your window, tap the horn to get their attention, and advise them of their bulb problem. Invariably they’ll thank you.
Incremental Skill Improvements
You’ve already got a lot of experience, so this information cannot, and probably should not, radically change your behavior. However, by carefully reading, and thinking about some of these ideas, you can add an incremental improvement, or two. Typical driving is made up of thousands of such decisions. I hope you’ll find a few new meaningful, relevant ideas and, integrate them while progressing down your roadways.
Jul 29, 2016 11:07 AM
For Immediate Release
August 10, 2016
About “Advantageous Driving 4 Seniors: Survival Skills, Strategies and Knowledge” (AD4S)
Published by Westbow Press, The Institute 4 Traffic Safety and CreateSpace this is Mr. McCormack’s first book. It provides edutainment advice and information. Though having “Seniors” in its’ title, all drivers are guaranteed to find new and useful tidbits every few pages; information and wisdom rarely found, or taught, elsewhere. Available now in all popular dead-tree and eBook formats from Amazon, Kindle, etc..
NOTE: Cover, Table of Contents and Writing Samples follow.
Senior drivers will especially benefit from this approach to driving. Written for experienced drivers, this interesting eBook puts fun and increased control skills back into your travels. You’ll gain surprising insight from an expert’s experience and earned wisdom that teach how to become a more thoughtful and somewhat quicker-yet-efficient driver.
Main chapters focus on: The Driver, The Vehicle and the Roadway; with subchapters describing a wide variety of interesting presentations about skills and technologies. An integrated approach to safer driving uniquely identifies & encourages the “American Drivers Team” for mutual support, and personal responsibility. Another section introduces autonomous technologies used in today’s vehicles.
- Passing your License Renewal Test. p.85
- When to hang-up the keys. p.86
- (Almost) Never stop at a traffic light! P.14
- Avoid becoming a prisoner of the vehicle ahead. P.43
- What color makes a turn signal safer? P. 67
- Stop sign extinction. p.35
- Becoming the New Primary Driver. p.7
- Should it stay, or should it go? P.48
- Develop “X-Ray Vision”. p.41
- State-of-the-art safety technologies. p.68
- Get rid of Your jerk (when stopping)! p.27
And many, many more!
Casual and serious drivers alike will find useful and enjoyable topics in “Advantageous Driving 4 Seniors: Survival Skills, Strategies and Knowledge”.
About The Institute 4 Traffic Safety (TI4TS)
Founded by auto and motorcycle enthusiast Dale McCormack in 2015, TI4TS, represents a professional driver ducator’s approach to American traffic safety. The goal is improved traffic safety with educational approaches to diverse audiences. Seniors, Motorcyclists, Teens, RVers, Professional and ordinary drivers alike; all are parts of the American Drivers Team.