In their own words...
I just listened to you on a podcast and was blown away. I consider myself a pretty dedicated and engaged driver and came to realize that I will sneak a text or call with my kids in the car. No more! In fact, I'm going to make a point of talking to my kids about how I'm going to a sterile cockpit and invite them to be my watchdogs and call me out if I have a lapse of concentration on the topic.
- James, KY, Parent
This was an awesome experience. Mr. Pilgrim and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The site was well planned and arranged to provide a good learning experience for a new driver. Both the hands-on and the classroom instruction were very beneficial. After leaving the seminar I have started to see myself implementing some of the lessons learned. Particularly watching how I behave in the car while driving with my 4 year old daughter. Thank you for providing us this opportunity.
- Jon, KY, Parent - Practice Driving Course Attendee
The instructor was very kind and knowledgeable. The training was very up to date and the feedback was specific to each driver's technique. Positive enforcement helped my son know when he did things correctly, plus understanding was given for imperfections. I was very glad my son had the chance to parallel park the way they did it during this class. (He had never done it before this day.) I feel my son got a boost of confidence, and I do believe he will remember what he learned about safe driving. I learned much myself, and felt honored to have this opportunity. I will tell others to watch for this and attend when they have the chance. Thank you, Mr. Pilgrim, for following your heart and teaching these things to your fellow Americans.
- Laurie Gloyd, Parent - Practice Driving Course Attendee
Well thought out training and resources for both new and experienced drivers. Enjoyed the class and all the instruction provided. The practice course and parking practice areas helped build confidence. Thanks for everything!
- Aaron Noble, KY, Parent - Practice Driving Course Attendee
This was an amazingly well-conceived and implemented driving course. The mix of technical driving and road signs challenged my young driver to pay attention, be situationally aware, and react quickly. The instruction on parking, specifically parallel parking, was invaluable as Andy found ways to help my son gauge distances that I would not have identified.
- Chad, KY, Parent - Practice Driving Course Attendee
My daughter Caroline and I participated in the driver safety course you offered this past Sunday afternoon. We both enjoyed the experience and appreciate you allowing us to be a part of it. The information you shared was very helpful and presented in a way that made it easy for new drivers to understand. On the way home, my daughter immediately began exercising some of the new skills she had been taught.
It is apparent that you have a passion for safety behind the wheel and I applaud the work you are doing. I commend you on the impact you are making on young drivers through education and making them aware of the responsibilities they accept when driving an automobile. As a result of your education/course, I am confident my daughter is better prepared for the road.
Thank you again for the service you provide.
- Phillip, Parent - Practice Driving Course Attendee
"Thank you for caring and seeking to be involved to help teachers throughout America to better help their students. I also admire how you have excelled in so many areas of your professional life. I believe you have enriched Driver Training Safety Education professionals throughout America more than anyone else."
- President, ADTSEA
"I have used this DVD every year and it is absolutely loaded with great information!
Cannot thank you enough for all your time and efforts helping save our students lives!
Everything in your DVD is so useful and the kids love having a professional driver with all your experience teach and talk to them about defensive driving.
The best DVD in my class!
God bless and happy safe driving!!"
- Angela, Administrator/Parent
"Andy, just wanted to thank you again for coming up to Wisconsin for our State conference. You hit it outta the ball park. Many positive comments afterwards from our members about your presentations. Thank you for doing what you're doing. "
- Todd, Driver Education Teacher
"Andy. Just to let you know the videos arrived ok and have been given to my students. Much thanks for all you do for Driver Education. The films were very valuable for me to use in my basic class for High school and with Commercial teachers.
'It's great to finally hear someone share facts and actual numbers rather than their opinion,'was one of the many positive comments I received about your DVD’s from CDL Students."
- Bob, Driver Education Teacher/Parent
"I very impressed with not only your material but you as well Andy when I met you at SCSTSEA last year in SC. Your materials have been extremely helpful."
- Scott, CDL/Driver Education Teacher/Parent
"Thank you for being such a strong advocate for such an important issue. I really love the fact that not only was my student influenced by your plea/knowledge, but you gave me my own light bulb moments.
I just got a new car and have started thinking that hand-free phone calls were completely safe until you explained the minimization of my periphery when my focus is elsewhere. And most important I learned that even though I may not crash into something while eating French fries I am very vulnerable and not paying enough attention to 'the others' as I should."
- Tommy, Driver Education Teacher
"Hence a need for "The Parent Driving Zone." It includes behavior-altering information for parents of children of all ages."
- Harry, Driver Education Teacher
"...but he has come to realize that the key to educating future drivers is to educate their parents right now. And adult drivers need educating."
- Autoweek Magazine
"Pilgrim noted countries such as Germany average 2,100 fatalities for a population of 91 million people, while the United States has 38,000 fatalities each year with a population of 320 million - well above what should be the expected average of 8,500 deaths."
- Detroit Times
"Andy Pilgrim did a terrific job with “The Driving Zone” DVD. I found the DVD very beneficial and useful. He brought up topics in the DVD, such as little kids paying attention to their parent’s driving at younger ages than we realize, that I would never have realize until I watched the DVD. He deserves a lot of recognition for taking the time and caring about teen drivers enough to make this DVD. I feel that all parents of teens should watch this DVD. It is very worthwhile."
- Judy Weber-Jones, Illinois High School and College Driver Education Hall of Fame, IL
"I just witnessed one of the best speakers I have seen. Andy is passionate about safe driving. His amazing DVD on driving show his passion for teaching our youth proper techniques and anticipation of errors on the road. This is a must to view with young people before or during behind the wheel driving. He is uncanny on getting his message across as he uses anticipation techniques learned from racing, and applies that to every day driving. Actually this applies to everyone who sits behind the wheel."
- Parent, IL
"Wow!!!! I have spent much of this day going through all of the three different parts of the delightful DVD that you have developed entitled “The Parent Driving Zone.” This is without a doubt the most comprehensive documents (DVD, video and audio) of what parents need to know to help young people to learn how to drive. One thing that is equally important is that this DVD will make and parent (for that matter, any person) a better driver. I like that you start out with the topic of distracted driving and that young people will drive as they see their parents drive. I also like what you have done with Part 3 where you provide information to parents of very little children, a bit older children, for teenagers who are just learning how to drive, and for those teenagers who already received their driver’s license. I also like that you bring up one big issue in the DVD of those teenagers who wait until they are 18-20 years old to get their license...We finally have a video available for driver education teachers which they can use in the classroom to help teen drivers see and understand visual related information and how to drive in many different situations. The format of short video segments, make it a valuable tool for use in the classroom situation."
- Dale O. Ritzel, Professor/Director Emeritus, Health Education/Safety Center, Southern Illinois University
“OH WOW! Your video is a homerun!”
- Judith Klinek, Chief Academic Officer, School District of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
"I have already bought two copies of the video ‘The Driving Zone 2 ’ and passed them on to teen-age drivers. It is the best video on this subject that I have seen and would like to have more to give out."
- Parent, MD
“I received the DVDs…been handing them out like hotcakes.”
- Andrew Hagopian, SVP of Retail, MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas
"I have taught Driver Education for 26 years and this is one of the best and most comprehensive Driver Education DVD that I have ever seen. Andy does a tremendous job of getting the message across about the dangers of distracted driving and the different types while explaining how all this effects our senses and alters our driving performance. He explains everything in a matter of fact easy to understand method. He has also broken the DVD down in to different chapters that go along with the Drive Right book which I use for all my Driver Education classes. I also like how he put in a special parent section in the DVD because this is vital that parents set a good driving role model for their kids so they don't pick up their bad distracted driving habits. His tips on how to get teens focused before they get behind the wheel has benefitted my students as well. This DVD covers it all and I can't thank Andy enough for the time and effort he has put into this DVD to help save teen lives and eliminate this # 1 killer of teens motor vehicle crashes. Thanks to Andy we are going to get all the schools in the State of Illinois his "Driving Zone 2 ©" DVD. The IHSCDEA feels this DVD is a must for all Driver Education curriculums to include distracted driving."
- Judy Weber Jones, Illinois High School and College Driver Education Hall of Fame, IL