It was Socrates, The Father of Western Philosophy who said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Now I’m not about to fly in the face of time-honored wisdom, but I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts if you thumb through the pages of Do What You Know you’ll not only be pleasantly surprised by just how much you actually do know, but amazed at what you can accomplish by doing it. And yes, movingly reminded of all you’ll miss out on . . . if you don’t.
“For a dream to die,” writes author and speaker Israelmore Ayivor, “something so tragic would have definitely gone wrong.” In 2020 The National Safety Council reported that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in the U.S. alone. Clearly, something has gone tragically wrong on our roadways, because that’s way too many people. That’s far too many dreams.
What’s more is in a study conducted by The Smith System Driver Improvement Institute it was determined that nearly 94% of all crashes are caused by human error. Let me rephrase that, NEARLY 94% OF ALL CRASHES ARE CAUSED BY HUMAN ERROR! Now granted, no one’s perfect, accidents will happen, yet this statistic is downright indefensible, and for that reason I decided to write Beyond Behind the Wheel: Road Savvy Solutions for Today’s Demanding Driving Conditions.
As I point out on the About Pat page I’m a trucker by trade, have been for 30 plus years, and what I witness firsthand out on the road each and every day is nothing less than disheartening; the carelessness, the recklessness, the out and out brazenness. These are behind the wheel behaviors that no city or state initiative can remedy, that no leading-edge technology can prevent. In the end, this is squarely on us, the driver, and together, we can fix this.