Transportation and Vehicle Safety/Learning Heavy Vehicles.

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Dear Michael

Do you feel that a person Who knows to drive car well will also able to drive Heavy vehicles without taking any formal training?.

Thanks & regards
Prashant s akerkar

Answer
Hi,

Absolutely not.  Heavy vehicles require specialized training to operate safely and correctly.  Most people have enough trouble keeping themselves alive in a regular car.  Most countries regulate the operation of heavy vehicles and require additional licensing.

Best,

Michael Mercadante

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Michael Mercadante

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Questions on traffic safety, safe performance and operation of a motor vehicle in traffic, about driving with special needs, learning/behavioral/developmental disabilities, understanding vehicle laws, understanding safety equipment on vehicles, defensive and precision driving techniques, driver education and instruction and driver exam preparation.

Experience

Owner and sole driving instructor for Modern Driver Institute. Eight years in traffic safety research on contracts for NHTSA, FMCSA, AAA, MDOT and PennDOT. More than 1,000 hours as a professional driving instructor. Licensed driving instructor in the state of PA. Certified Defensive Driving Instructor for the National Safety Council. Precision driving for Hollywood and independent films. Expertise in virtual-reality driving simulators and teaching students with developmental/intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and more.

Organizations
member, Teen Safe Driving Coalition; member, PA Safe Kids coalition; service provider, PA Bureau of Autism Services; service provider, PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Publications
Perkasie News-Herald WonkaVision Magazine eHow.com MadeMan.com Philadelphia Zoo website Driver Training Services website Yahoo! Associated Content

Education/Credentials
Licensed driving instructor, PA Department of Education Certified Defensive Driving Instructor, National Safety Council B.A. in American History (cum laude), Temple University (earned 2007) M.S. in Psychology, specialization in Educational Psychology (2015) Ph.D in Psychology, specialization in Educational Psychology (expected 2019)

Awards and Honors
Scientific Paper of the Year (2003), Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

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