DMV has “dummified” America

A driving student of mine sent me this email after a few driving lessons and he was shocked how bad people drive: Hi Greg, this is Isaac. I have to write a speech for a class and I have chosen to write it on how the dmv has “dummified” America. I just wanted some of your insight. What are the top 5 problems with the way the DMV currently operates?
Hey Isaac, I am happy you are taking this subject on with your speech.
#1 problem is the current drive test for people of any age is often no longer then ten minutes long. There is no real requirement to show a persons driving ability and skill. Many of the required elements of drive tests in years gone past are no longer required like a 3 point turn, parallel parking, making a u-turn to name a few. My two children never had to make a lane change on their drive tests.
#2 problem is the Graduated Licensing Program that the DMV instituted a number of years ago requires that parents of young drivers under 18 years of age put in 50 hours of additional driving over and above the 6 hours required by a driving school. To verify that the parents had done the required 50 hours the DMV has a log sheet form on their website that is required to be filled out by the parents and turned in at the time of the drive test. Stupid thing is the DMV never asks to see the 50 hour driving log sheet. They do not implement the required elements of their own program. As a side note parents are a big part of the problem because most do not do near enough additional practice driving with their kids and the DMV let’s them get away with it.
#3 problem is after the age of 18 a California resident can literally take the permit test and drive test on the same day. None of the requirements of a 151/2 to 171/2 year old apply, to have the permit for 6 months before taking the drive test or having 6 hours of lessons by a driving school or to do the additional hours of driving with parents. So the result is that many people are waiting until they are a bit older and fast tracking the whole process as the word is out that a knucklehead can pass the current drive test. These people get their license and get out there with no real knowledge or skill and become a crash statistic adding to the cost for everyone else.
#4 The DMV does very little supervision of the driving school industry. Most schools get business by offering “cheap lessons” and that is what the public gets. Many schools do what is called piggy backing. This is where they pick up multiple students at the same time and each driver spends only a portion of their two hour sessions actually driving. This is specifically forbidden in the guidelines that are spelled out in the owner/operator agreement that all licensed schools enter into with the DMV. Problem is the DMV does no oversight of the schools practices and teaching methods. I had a 16 year old student who had gone to one of the many “cheap driving schools” and the instructor smoked cigarettes in the car with the student. This is against the law and the mother was livid only to be told by the DMV to fill out the complaint form on the DMV website. She did and after three months she had no response from the powers that be and that driving school is still opereating.
#5 The state of California is currently allowing millions of illegal aliens to get their drivers license. The AB60 law passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Govenor Jerry Brown took effect in January 2015. The knowledge and road sign test these people take is in their language. Big problem is that once they are out in traffic the signs are all in English. There is a good chance that a few months later a foreign speaking recently licensed driver will not recall what the YIELD sign means. As a licensed driving instructor I can see everyday that more and more drivers do not know the right-of-way laws. This causes road rage, crashes and sadly injury and death.
So ridiculous and getting worse. The car companies keep adding air bags and the big push is to have all driveres insured. All good but there is no action plan to limit the crashes and make drivers skilled enough to stay out of the crash. I have implemented a superior video driver training program that helps parents and their kids learn real skillful defensive driving. It is available at Please share and get the word out that the public must not count on the driving school industry and the licensing agencies to make their loved ones safe out there, puts the tools in peoples hands to be in control of their own destiny.
Take care Isaac,

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5StarDriver.Insignia 2.2011.05.27The Purpose of the 5 Star Driver Training Video Course

The first reported traffic accident in the United States occurred in Ohio in 1895 when there were but two cars in the entire state, they met and one driver was killed. With the myriad of driver safety programs deluging our society today, why are traffic accidents still maiming and killing hundreds of Americans on a daily basis?
As an expert since 1984 in the field of driver training (over 10,000 clients personally trained), I have discovered and created a brand new defensive driver training methodology that when understood and applied properly, can greatly reduce accidents and save lives. Many years ago, I began to invite parents to ride along in the backseat while I taught their new driver the Cullington Driving Concepts TM. The results were amazing. Virtually every parent commented they would have taught their new driver the exact opposite of the way I was teaching and to my surprise, these parents began looking forward to practicing with their new drivers. I noticed a drastic improvement in the amount and quality of parental driving practice received by the new driver in-between my scheduled driving lessons, a pattern I’d never seen before.
This 5 Star Driver Training Video Course was specifically designed to empower parents with advanced driver training strategies, helping to prevent their children from becoming a traffic accident statistic. Driving is the #1 killer of teenagers and has been for over 70 years so how can anyone claim that the current driver education and State driver’s licensing industry is a competent industry? It isn’t. The truth is, the current driver education industry is broken and young drivers are most at risk.
The current driver education and training providers primarily focus on teaching rules, regulations, and proper behaviors. These are all important aspects of driving but by no means do they complete the training process. What is missing? A viable driver training methodology that really works along with advanced defensive driving strategies.
Let’s form an analogy with the game of Chess. If a person learns all of the rules and regulations associated with the game of Chess, does that mean they’re automatically going to be proficient? Certainly not. Knowing the rules of Chess and knowing how to strategically play the game are quite different. Knowing the strategies of Chess is a vital component of playing the game proficiently.
The same occurs with learning how to drive. Driving rules and regulations along with driving behaviors are both vital components of driving. What’s missing is the understanding and application of advanced defensive driving strategies both from the Parent Driving Instructor as well as the student. This 5 Star Driver program provides both the parent and the new driver with a brand new defensive driver training methodology designed specifically to prevent accidents and is the missing link needed to create a strategically knowledgeable driver.
The #1 Safety Feature you can put in a car is a driver that fully understands and applies the advanced defensive driving strategies found in the Cullington Driving Concepts ®. Taking the necessary time and effort to fully understand the information presented in this course will help to reap a lifetime of safe driving strategies for both you and your new driver.
John Cullington
Originator of the Cullington Driving Concepts ®

The Driving School Industry Is Broken

CALIFORNIA, Aug. 20, 2015 A Leader in the Nation’s Driver Education Industry, Creating A 5 Star Driver Beyond Drivers Ed®( says that the driving school industry is broken. was developed to give families a way to make young 5 Star Drivers who can survive among low level drivers everywhere. New drivers may be able to pass the requirements of state driving tests however statistics show they lack the critical know how to drive safely. According to a 2008 Top 10 Leading Causes of Death in the United States report by the NHTSA automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 8-34. The driving schools and proficiency tests at Motor Vehicle Departments have miserably failed at putting trained and safe licensed drivers on our roads. How big is the problem? In 2011, about 2,650 teens in the United States aged 16–19 were killed and almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. That means that seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
How can Creating A 5 Star Driver Beyond Drivers Ed® save lives? has the answer by putting important driver training methods in the hands of parents and their young drivers. By subscribing to the online video lessons or purchasing the 5 DVD box set @ parents and their children can watch and go apply the best and most effective training methods available. These lessons are a new and better way to teach driving by master driving instructor John Cullington and the superior Cullington Driving Concepts®. Parents and their young drivers need better teaching methods then what is “the norm” today because sadly cars are safer than ever but drivers are worse than ever before. That is why self-driving cars are in the news these days. Think about it, as a driver you are encountering an increasingly dangerous and thoughtless driving culture that maims and kills thousands every day. This will only worsen due to the negligent driver training and testing that too many people accept as sufficient. Parents cannot allow the cheap driving schools to be the so called “experts” tasked with teaching their children how to survive among so many less than 5 star drivers out there. The run of the mill low level driving schools, or parents who yell and scream while teaching the young drivers their bad habits are creating inferior drivers who are ill prepared to be true skilled drivers in all types of driving situations. The Department Of Motor Vehicle agencies play a huge part in the ignorant type of drivers being licensed to drive. The current drive test at most DMV’s average a total of ten minutes of driving. In some states like Florida and Arizona subscribers to our YouTube channel have commented that they never left the DMV parking lot and received a driver’s license. This is totally negligible and will continue as currently in California 3,000,000 non US citizens are lining up to get their license and are put through a Mickey Mouse drive test.
Many teenagers of today have extra challenges that inhibit the learning curve for being a safe driver. Our current generation has increased tunnel vision and limited multi-tasking abilities due to their sedentary lifestyle which sets them up for trouble. Many kids don’t even grow up riding a bicycle and then when they are put in a car with minimal training they often learn as they go after they get their license. This is a real backwards way to go about being safe. The video driver training program by is the first of its kind drivers training filmed on actual driving lessons with five in car digital cameras. Our hope is that people put no faith in our nation’s driver education industry and partner with 5 Star Driver to progress through this complete innovative program and make their children superior 5 Star Drivers. Our automobiles are tested for their crash survivability rating, 5 Star being the safest. We should all strive to make new drivers 5 Star rated as well.

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Teaching Teenagers How To Drive

When it comes to teaching teenagers how to drive two things make it difficult. Hire a teenager while they still know everything. Yea teenagers and young adults can be know it alls. Parents are not always the best teachers. Here are fine examples of these situations from the Creating A 5 Star Driver video training program. This new driver gets distracted by the conversation and rolls her stop. And then is a bit pretentious about it. Following will be another clip of the same new driver who rolls her stop again. This time she realizes it and admits that that is what her parents do.

Clip 1

Instructor: Left turn here.

Student: IT’S ONE WAY!

Instructor: AMAZING! Do you see how you find these things? You caught it. Pat yourself on the back. Complete stop. stop.

Student: I did complete stop. …

Instructor: Okay. Okay. Are you safe? Because they don’t have stop signs.

Clip 2

Student: Thanks. The roads were a little windy I guess.

Instructor: And right turn. Which is good.

Student: Yea.

Instructor: Did you ever stop?

Student: Uh, no.

Instructor: So you just blew right on through it just like mom and dad right?

Student: Yea.

Online Video Drivers Training

Drivers today pass a 10 minute drive test and do insanely dangerous things like what you are about see. Watching the video driver training lessons at are a super way to prepare young drivers to survive out there.

Many mistakes were made in that crash for sure! Please know that people are running dead red stop lights. 5 Star Driver has a lesson on traffic checking at intersections.

Instructor: Okay. Scan the intersection. Make sure no one is going to blast through it and kill you.

Student: Okay.

Instructor: If it saves your life one time is it worth it?

Student: Yea.

Host: In the last video, Mr. Cullington mentions that drivers will blast through and kill you at green lights. Here is a crash test video that shows the force of impact on these types of crashes.

Instructor: Good. I always check my mirror when go to brake. Green light. Good, here we go. Give me a little lookey and see if any one is being stupid. Good.. here we go.

Why 5 Star Driver Is The Best Online Drivers Education Program

5 Star Driver Is The Best Online Drivers Education Program because teenagers do not retain the important information when taking their Drivers Education program. Whether they take an online Drivers Ed course or participate in classroom instruction doesn’t seem to matter. They just want their instructional permit and unfortunately the way of modern day learning is to retain the information until tested on said information and then move on. This results in not internalizing the imperative knowledge. That wouldn’t have dangerous consequences when learning about say the French Revolution of 1789 to 1799 in high school. It is a whole different potentially deadly ramification when it comes to the right of way issues at an uncontrolled left turn at a major intersection.

The 5 Star Driver video training program shows real life drivers education on actual behind the wheel lessons. The visual aspect of what the written words mean taught in a traditional drivers education course come to life making the information impactful and memorable. In the Creating A 5 Star Driver Beyond Drivers Ed® on line subscription service all aspects of driving are shown with new drivers. They learn the real skill of defensive driving as well as the rules and laws while driving in neighborhoods, busy streets and intersections, highways, mountains, freeways and in hectic downtown areas.

An extra huge benefit to having a subscription @ is that parents can watch as well and learn how to have great success with their new drivers. Parents also learn the proper application of the rules to stay safe on the highways and byways and not just share the sloppy many times incorrect driving habits they have developed. A true win/win for young drivers and their parents, making more 5 Star Drivers out there.


Testimonial: Peter Walker A Father Wants The Best

Listen to this great tesimony from member Peter Walker. This is a father who takes driver education seriously for himself and wants the best for his daughter. Hear his testimony about how he came to find the 5 Star Driver program in order to teach his teenage daughter how to drive. Peter talks about how frustrating it can be to teach a teenager how to do something when they are already turned off by listening to their parents telling them how to do something. He is a great example of how a father can use this program to educate their children on how to drive safely.

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