A survey conducted by GMAC Insurance indicates that 1 in 3 Texans would fail the national driving test (e.g. not be qualified for a driver’s license).
While taking the survey, and reading Fox’s story about it, I got to thinking: is the written test a good way of determining whether or not a Dallas driver is ready for the streets? Does knowing the shape of a road sign really prepare you to make a decision on the fly when the cement truck in front of you hits its brakes while the driver behind you is applying makeup and a cyclist tries to squeeze between you and the cab in the left lane? Seems unlikely.
Most decisions we make behind the wheel (especially in emergencies) are a result of instinct. But here’s the key: instincts can be trained. In fact, the people with the best instincts are usually the ones who have studied all the minute details of the type of circumstance they might find themselves. In the clutch, their subconscious can recall and apply the details without their ever realizing it. This is trained instinct. Safe drivers use these instincts to avoid Dallas car accidents. And it’s the reason our government encourages the studying of details by requiring a written exam.
Drive safely, Dallas.