Articles by Spencer McDonald

Situational awareness when driving:

Always know what’s going on behind you

Awareness of everything around you when you are driving is critical to safety. Using your eyes effectively to look well ahead is important but mirror use is also critical to stay aware of what's going on to the rear.


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Driving safety: check your following distance!

Pretty much all rear end collisions can be prevented by maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you.


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It’s time to drive out of the world of “should”

Art Linkletter, the entertainer, said, “If you change your attitude you will change your life.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we always got our way with things? If things were as they SHOULD be? Unfortunately, the world usually doesn’t meet our expectations and we are left disappointed that people and things are not what they SHOULD be.


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Driver training isn’t enough

Good training is a key element, but only part of the puzzle for vehicle safety. Employers with vehicle fleets or employees who drive are aware (or should be) that the greatest probability of an injury incident is going to be vehicle or driving related.


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Risks and Road Rage: why driver safety is more than just skill

When we survey drivers during our training courses, we regularly have over 90% of participants rating themselves as better than average drivers. You probably fall into this group too. It’s almost certainly true; most of the time at least.


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On the road: Do you really teach bad drivers a lesson by retaliating for their bad behavior?

I was a passenger one day, riding with a friend who is normally a fairly good driver.


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The Thinking Driver: Ah, to be at the front of the line

One driving attitude that can get us into trouble and stress us out is an obsession with getting around the guy in front of us. Do you need to be at the front of the line? Common sense tells us that there really is no front of the line to reach, so to try and get there by weaving through traffic and passing anyone in front of us is a losing proposition.


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So, you think you can drive?

I'm a liar. There, I said it. I lie. I lie sometimes when I'm in a social situation and my line of work is questioned. If I know I’ll never see these folks again, I might just tell them that I'm a painter. “I paint houses” I might say.


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Who’s got your back?

When I was seven years old we came home one day from the grocery store and unloaded everything into the house while the car sat in the driveway.


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Crossroads of life and death

I never made a conscious decision to take up this line of work. In fact, it all happened by chance and coincidence, as so many of life’s bigger decisions do; you reach a crossroads, a path opens up and you think, why not?


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