Earl Randall is a driving instructor based in Nova Scotia who has driven in all sorts of conditions and has fifty years’ experience in teaching people how to drive. In LET ‘ER ROLL: Tips and Stories to Improve Your Driving, he shares his wisdom with a wider audience. Randall’s book is essential for first-time drivers, providing valuable pointers on how to use anti-lock brakes, when to do shoulder checks for oncoming traffic or pedestrians, and how to keep your vehicle under control in winter driving, among other topics. But the book also provides a refresher course for seasoned drivers who may pick up some tips they’d never considered before, such as transferring weight from one part of the car to the other in order to turn around in a tight spot.
Randall also tells stories about his experience as a driving instructor to illustrate his points. Some of them are humorous; in talking about how it is better to slide over to the front-passenger side of a car after parallel parking to avoid stepping out into traffic, he recalls a pack of dogs outside his door and having difficulty sliding over to the other side owing to the console between the front seats, noting that most cars once had front bench seats. But his other stories are serious; he also tells the story of female college students pulling off the road in a snowstorm, keeping the engine running to stay warm until the storm abated, and opening the window momentarily from time to time for fresh air . . . but almost succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning because of snow blocking the tailpipe. Randall leaves no stone unturned in his thorough explanations of how to be careful on the road.
Randall also looks at driverless cars in the second part of LET ‘ER ROLL and, while he acknowledges their inevitability, he expresses skepticism toward the idea that they will lessen accidents. He’s enthusiastic about electric cars and the positive effect they can have on society and the environment. Randall concludes with tips on how to buy car, warning against car designs with blind spots in their styling and urging consumers to keep practical concerns in mind, such as ease of accessibility and deprecation. And you’ll be surprised to learn which car Randall considers the ideal vehicle!
Randall wrote LET ‘ER ROLL in part to pass his wisdom on to future driving instructors on how to teach others, but anyone who has a passion for driving will appreciate his lessons. And if you don’t have a passion for driving, you will after reading LET ‘ER ROLL. Randall’s own passion is infectious.
LET ‘ER ROLL: Tips and Stories to Improve Your Driving is a thorough and comprehensive driver’s-ed book that will inform and entertain neophyte and seasoned drivers alike.
~Steven Maginnis for IndieReader