What is not to love about life, we learn something new every day?
There are things we learn that may seem too little, but we just have to look closely and have an open mind to gain this knowledge. Same thing goes with drivers. Open-mindedness in drivers gives them the chance to learn more things unlike those stubborn drivers who are stuck to their own ways.
I had the challenge of re-teaching licensed drivers after I became an instructor of driving for Young Drivers. Some even told me how long they have been driving and to a shock, others have driven longer than I have lived. It was quite a challenge but that did not discourage me. After showing the students the flow of the program which certainly worked for them, they showed eagerness in learning the “new” driver training strategies and lessons.
These things weren’t different to them at all, not because they already knew about these but because the things we different to them. Things they never even knew existed. The knowledge that these people have came from the experience they had as a driver, but some of these knowledge came from conversations only. There is a danger about doing things about something that they heard; they have never proven these kinds of things as a driver. Does this make them stubborn, naive, or just trusting?
About the things you learn just from conversation, you have to think well and gather some proofs to know if they do really work. You have to know the significance of the things that have been told to you. Having an open mind could help but you should also have a skeptical thinking when it comes to things that you just heard. I know these things from the 27 years of experience I had with driver trying to attempt theories into success or failure. These are not just opinions but practical experience.
Recently, I was speaking with some drivers about how myths and values affect the use of vehicles, exclusively 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Given much understanding and thinking, we can see that these vehicles are very powerful and it distribute its power not only to the front wheels but to all the wheels. These kinds of vehicles would be easier to move in an icy or deep snow road; lots of power will make the wheels spin. If you try and test this, you will know that when given too much speed around the corner, the grip of the vehicle may loosen up. People don’t have to try and get hurt just to know if it’s true, just think ahead first, think about inertia for instance. There are facts that we have to consider, most are given by the car manufacturer’s guidelines. One of the people I talked to even said that it provides traction, and when asked how he knew information like this he just answered, “It’s a fact.”
For a statement or a conclusion be a fact, research should be done with multiple sources to prove it. Giving opinion is not really a bad thing, but we have to consider the truthfulness of the opinion by consulting to experts before disseminating such information. We have to look further about things that we may say is true. Giving opinion is important, but facts are important too.
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