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This article was originally part of PDE's "Guide to Resources," which was published in 1994. We are in the process of updating it. If you have a favorite video that is not here, or have other comments, please email us.

This article started out as an attempt to develop a "top 20" list of videos, but that turned out to be impractical. The information was difficult to get and video catalogues tended to have many titles that were very out of date.

The best alternative seemed to be to ask a cross-section of driver educators from across the U.S. and Canada what videos they use and which ones they would recommend. The results are summarized below.

However, it quickly became obvious that, for the most part, driver educators haven't been buying many new videos. Most of those recommended were more than five years old, and many were more than ten. Money for new purchases has been scarce and there haven't been many new videos available until recently.

The survey turned into two listings: 10 videos widely used in the U.S., and 10 widely used in Canada. A separate listing for Canada is included because there are some good Canadian videos available that seem to be little known in the U.S. There were a total of 27 respondents to the survey, which was quite informal, so not too much significance should be given to the selection. It was just a way to get a measure of what's out there.

More importantly, a listing of videos produced since 1990 will give readers an idea of what new offerings are available.


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WHAT'S BEING USED: USA

The videos listed below are the 10 most often recommended and are not listed with any priority.

Get a Grip (Goodyear, 1992): Wet weather driving. How tires work on wet surfaces (see below) .

Just Another Friday Night (AAA, 1984): Drunk driving trial. Good discussion video.

Room to Live II (1982): Older movie but a very strong message about seatbelt use.

Taking Care of It (Ford, 1986): Shows under-the-hood checks and meaning of warning lights.

The Aftermath (1990): Drinking and driving (see below).

The Ultimate Driving Challenge (GM, 1993): (see below).

To Drive at Night (AAA,1976): Visual problems, need to modify driving habits.

Visual Perception in Driving (AAA, 1981): Parts I & II of a two-part series demonstrating that visual perception in driving is more than just seeing.

WaterSkiing on Four Wheels (AAA, 1978): Dangers of hydroplaning and techniques for driving in wet weather.

Your Cushion for Safety (1982): How to apply the five rules of the Smith System of Space Cushion Driving.

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WHAT'S BEING USED: CANADA

The videos listed below are the ten most often recommended and are not listed with any priority.

Just Another Friday Night (AAA, 1984): Drunk driving trial. Good discussion video.

Living With Trucks (Ontario MOT, 1988): Interaction between car drivers and truckers.

Power Under Control: The Alcohol You (Ontario MOT, 1980): Uses actors and cartoon characters to portray the effects of alcohol on the mental and physical task of driving.

Taking Care of It (Ford, 1986): Shows under-the-hood checks and meaning of warning lights.

The Ultimate Driving Challenge (G.M., 1993): Interactive quiz format ( see below ).

To Drive at Night (AAA,1976): Visual problems, need to modify driving habits.

Turning Left Right (L&M Media, 1988) Explores problems of making left turns at traffic lights.

Visual Perception in Driving (AAA, 1981): Parts I & II of a two-part series demonstrating that visual perception in driving is more than just seeing.

WaterSkiing on Four Wheels (1979): Dangers of hydroplaning and techniques for driving in wet weather.

Your Cushion for Safety (1982) How to apply the five rules of the Smith System of Space Cushion Driving.


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WHAT'S NEW (AFTER 1990)

FROM:
The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety
1730 M Street N.W., Suite 401
Washington D.C. 20036.
Tel: (202) 638-5944.
Fax: (202) 638-5943.

Sharing the Road (1994): 8 minutes, $40 U.S. Understanding the special concerns and dangers faced by different road users.

Using Your Eyes Effectively (1994): 8 minutes, $40. Demonstrates best use of eyes while driving. Central and peripheral vision, effects of alcohol on vision.

Breaking the Accident Chain of Events (1994): 8 minutes, $40. Vignettes dramatizing the chain of events leading up to a collision. Emphasizes alertness, politeness and decisiveness.

Driving in Bad Weather (1994): 8 minutes, $40. Uses setting of TV newscast to dramatize effects of fog, dust, smoke, rain, snow and ice. Tips on bad weather maintenance.

Night Driving (AAA, 1994): 8 minutes, $40. Effects of darkness on vision. Night driving tips and habits.

Freeway Driving (AAA, 1994): 8 minutes, $40. Demonstrates quick thinking needed on freeways, merging, tips on freeway driving, exiting.

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FROM:
The AAA
1000 AAA Drive
Heathrow, Fl 32746-5063
Tel: (407) 444-7960 (or your local AAA office).

Get a Grip (Goodyear/ADTSEA/AAA, 1992): 18 minutes, $9.95. How tires work on wet surfaces, wet weather driving technigues, skid control. Facilitator's guide available.

Getting Safely Past the Orange Barrels (1992): 11 minutes, $40. Designed to reduce crashes around work zones.

First on the Scene (1990): 7 minutes, $30. What to do when arriving at the scene of a crash.

Managing Space and Time for Safe Driving (1991): 8 minutes, $40. How good drivers use their eyes and manage space around their cars.

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FROM:
Safety Industries Incorporated
P.O. Box 1137
McGill, NV 89318-9900
Tel: (702) 235-7766, Fax: (702) 235-7767.

Basic Car Control (1993): 10 minutes, $109.95 U.S. Covers basic maneuvers such as the three-point turn, techniques for reversing, and the "universal truths" of operating vehicles.

Car Tours (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Researchers from the 25th century study a 20th century automobile. Demonstration of the basics of automobile instrumentation (interior and exterior) as presented by a futuristic "space alien."

The Physics of Driving (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. A brilliant nerd student impresses his fellow students with demonstrations of how gravity, friction, momentum, etc., affect driving.

Rural Driving (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Viewers are given a homegrown introduction to the dangers of rural driving by a farmer and his wife.

Freeway Driving (1992): 11 minutes, $109.95. Doctors diagnose a young woman with a severe case of "freeway phobia." Entertaining approach to freeway driving techniques.

Signs and Signals (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Fast-paced video on understanding and getting information from highway signs and signals. (Quiz included)

Right of Way (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Roadway etiquette in a wide variety of driving situations.

Defensive Driving (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Humorous TV game show setting provides an entertaining approach to determining the best reactions to a variety of driving situations.

Emergency Situations (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Describes some of the most common emergencies and recommends the proper reactions to minimize the chance of injury. Covers brake failure, accelerator sticking, etc.

Paint on the Pavement (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. What pavement markings mean and how they help make driving safer and smoother.

Physical and Mental Conditions (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. How mental and physical conditions affect the ability to drive a car. How good drivers control their emotions and manage their driving attitudes.

Buying and Insuring a Car (1992): 10 minutes, $109.95. Often, facts about the real costs of owning a car are overlooked. This video presents the facts about buying, financing, maintaining and insuring a car.

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FROM:
The Manocherian Foundation
3 New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Tel: (212) 837-4860.

The Aftermath (1990): 23 minutes, free. Based on the real-life story of Bruce Gimball, the Olympic swimmer who was jailed for killing two teens in a Drinking & Driving crash in 1988.

Sex, Lies and Profits (1993): 16 minutes, free. Heightens awareness about the cultural, sociological and behavioural effects of alcohol advertising on drinking and driving.

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FROM:
Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
1522 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (703) 739-0308.

Why Wait: Highway-Rail Grade Crossings (1993): 24 minutes, $10. Actor Michael Gross explains stoppng distances of trains, safe procedures for drivers at rail crossings.

Staying Alert and Alive (Operation Lifesaver, 1992): 12 minutes, $10. The causes of collisions at railway crossings, responsibilities of drivers, truck/train
collision.

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FROM:
The Ultimate Driving Challenge Video
GM Program Headquarters
1-800-932-2062
or contact participating GM Dealerships

The Ultimate Driving Challenge (GM, 1993): 48 minutes. Originally aired on CBS in April 1993. A driving quiz program hosted by TV personality Craig T. Nelson ("Coach") and featuring a number of well-known entertainment personalities. Question and answer format deals with a variety of driving situations such as following too close, hydroplaning, rights of way, and dealing with other road users. Instructors' guide available.

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FROM:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
1005 North Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22501
Tel: (703) 247-1500, Fax: (703) 247-1588.

Sober Thoughts on Drinking and Driving (1992): 14 minutes, $25. Focuses on a range of measures to reduce the drinking and driving problem.

Helmet Laws: Whose Freedom? (IIHS, 1991): 10 minutes, $25. Demonstrates the potential consequences of riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

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FROM:
The Center for Unlimited Vision
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1105
New York, NY 10011. Tel: (212) 255-2240.

Save a Second, Save a Life (1993): 30 minutes, $125 U.S. (plus $5 S&H). Overview of visual techniques and strategies for drivers. Theories, tests and tips to optimize visual skills. First of a projected series.

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FROM:
Interactive Driving Systems Inc.
P.O. Box 98
Cheshire, CT 06410
Tel: (203) 272-9391.

Zone Control System (1992): Set of four interactive videos (Reference Points, Driver Awareness, Searching Techniques, Following Time/Space) that explain and demonstrate the principles of Professor Frederik Mottola's system of Zone Control driving. Meant to be used as part of the total program. About 50 minutes each, $545 U.S. for system.

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FROM:
Cyr's Driving School
1518 West Douglas
Wichita, KS 67203-6125
Tel: (316) 265-9871.

Drive to Stay Alive (1992): 50 minutes, $30. Driving school owner Darrell Cyr demonstrates how he teaches and tests student drivers.

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daryle,

i'm looking for a copy of the ultimate driving viedo

daryle,

I'm looking to buy videos like from the list above from canda.call 1-2508620571 thanks Daryle

Annette DeCaire,

Our company, Thinking Driver, has developed in house 3 top quality, all Canadian content driver training videos:

Thinking Driver Five Minute Fundamental (2008)
Thinking Driver Winter Driving Fundamentals (2009)
Thinking Driver Four-Wheel Drive Fundamentals (2009)

bhunnu,

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GEORGE,

CAN I HAVE VIDEO SHOW OF THE RIGHT-OF WAY IN AN INTERSECTION

Dan,

Zarudin, This article was written more than 10 years ago so we have no idea about the availability right now. I suggest you do a google search for each title and see if you can find it. You may be able to get updated versions. The AAA foundation for traffic Safety would be a good place to start.
www.aaafoundation.org/

Zarudin Ahmad,

Sir,
I am the Training Manager in Driving Institute. I need more info about the 'defensive driving' It is possible tha I can get the movies on this topic.
Thanks
Zarudin Ahmad
azaru69@gmail.com


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