Modernization of Driving Licensing and Education
The NHTSA states that distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents and a “deadly epidemic.”
Over a million people died in auto accidents last year and another two million were seriously injured!
There are six billion mobile phone users and a billion vehicles interacting on the roads daily.
Modern vehicles are loaded with new technical devices and carry-ons that present driver distraction.
Causes: Texting and Driving, Cell Phone Conversations, GPS Navigation, Eating While Driving, Drinking While Driving, Talking to Passengers While Driving, Punishing Children While Driving, Animals in Vehicle While Driving.
Every day, a great multitude of drivers are driving under the influence (DUI) of varying substances that may or may not impair driving.
The many new driving concentration challenges dictate the need to update twentieth-century driver licensing, education, and training. Valuable new safety ideas such as the ASF Copilot Driver License I.P. that provides road concentration training and insights for both drivers and passengers, can help reduce accidents, while at the same time offer additional licensing revenues. DMV, educators, and those with consumer protection concerns are now presented with an opportunity to modernize driving licensing and education, standards and practices.
The Automobile Safety Foundation, a nonprofit organization (founded 1988) is introducing novel safety ideas and programs based on the science of road concentration; the required cognitive discipline to sustain road concentration while remaining undistracted. ASF believes the current driving mindset requires a reprogramming from old-school driving practices that ignore road concentration training, while at the same time, failing to disclose the huge array of driving distractions and bad driving habits (including the influence of media and Hollywood movies depicting cars that drive themselves, and frivolous driving behaviors) to be introduced to intelligent driving, a new driving psychology, that is interesting, easy to learn, and not at all unpleasant.
Intelligent driving trains with the use of simple but efficient word tools such as, Eyes on the Road/Hands on the Wheel, Practice Road Concentration, Avoid Driver Distraction, and the ASF Copilot License (CL) that offers a safe driving technique for both driver and passengers. ASF submits CL training as a new international industry standard, that should be part of the required DMV protocol necessary to obtain a driving license. The new program could include initiating Copilot License education and training prior to obtaining a driver permit, while also apprising passengers how to copilot to help drive safely. DMV issuing mobile phone licenses could also multitask the CL for an official ID card or offer it for a small charge to the safety-minded that want to make a DMV road concentration safe driver pledge.
Obtaining a CL should be a requirement for a moving violation ticket, that would include purchasing of the CL for an additional ticket charge (prioritized over other non-safety tariffs etc.) as well as the intelligent driving course, CL school online to learn about road concentration, and the lesson of driving cooperation, as on the road we all copilot, and unsafe driving endangers others.
ASF believes that all U.S. state DMV, international licensing agencies, Ministries of Transportation, and licensing bureaus, offer new intelligent driving education that includes the Copilot Driver License.
Mobile driving licenses, mDL, soon to be introduced by DMV nationally, can offer a user-friendly platform for the purchase of the Copilot License.
Distracted driving is a “deadly epidemic” that necessitates new driving education and licensing practices!
The advantages of the Copilot License for mDL are:
- CL offers a new licensing revenue stream for a. state ID card b. driving permit protocol c. moving violation fine purchase requirement (copilot driving school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5FwyYvBMrM) d. Low-cost DMV road concentration pledge badge (all CL services can be ordered online or by mobile phone).
- CL provides increased road concentration training benefiting driving safety.
- CL provides passenger driving safety aids while decreasing passengers distractions such as dangerous, “back seat drivers.”
- CL helps train drivers, future drivers, and passengers, the importance of road concentration.
- CL can help reduce driver debilitation and impairment accidents.