I don't know what is currently done in driver's education, but in the 70's we had your typical combination of classroom and on the road practice. And the horrendous Mechanized Death videos.
Now granted, this was when seat belt use was in it's early years. But the terror factor was enough for me.
With the latest round of horrible car accidents--and with the July 4 holiday upon us, allow me to share the simplest of tips that have kept me alive on the road:
1. Slow down. Posted speed limits are for the road conditions of the day.
2. Avoid the pack. and a close #3:
3. Leave yourself an out. These two go together. The combination of close vehicles clumped up together, with no avenue of escape, and then speed? This is not rocket science.
4. Let the rabbit have the road. If someone else has road roids, then is not the time to have that conversation.
5. Know your vehicle. And not just the condition of the brakes, etc. When you are familiar with how your vehicle handles in various situations you are better able to anticipate how to compensate for what is in front/behind/next to you.
I'd kind of like to be alive next week. So let's all share the road.