Novice Drivers

[nov-is] noun

1. a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner.

A novice driver is anyone, of any age, who has been driving a vehicle in traffic for less than a year.  Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people – it’s a risk that can be mitigated by proper training in defensive driving tactics.  A 2011 research study by CHOP looked at the most common causes of teen crashes.   The two biggest reasons:

  • 42% of teen crashes were caused by poorly-developed safety threat awareness or risk assessment skills.
  • 20% of teen crashes were caused by distractions.

Driving a car in traffic is the most dangerous thing your child will do in their lifetime, and professional training can help to make the difference between life and death.  Modern Driver Institute tailors its training to build survival skills and give teens the best possible chance to avoid danger and stay alive and uninjured – that’s our passion and our focus.

Of course, along the way, we’ll also teach them what they need to pass the PA driver’s test – we just won’t spend as much time on it as other driving schools do, because its a 15-minute test they only do once.  We’d rather spend time building skills they will use every day for the rest of their lives.

Mike Mercadante , the founder and instructor at MDI, is a seasoned professional driving instructor.   He has helped hundreds of novice drivers learn to drive safely and defensively.  He is currently completing a doctoral degree in Psychology, and recently performed precision driving maneuvers in a Hollywood film.  Check out his full biography by clicking on his name.


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