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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.

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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.


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


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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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James08/09/16101010Thanks. I'll study them.
Midori08/09/16101010Thank you, Michael! You've been so helpful .....

Recent Answers from Michael Mercadante

2016-12-27 Question:

Hi Plamen,    As I mentioned before, each state decides it's own testing procedures, including who administers the test. There are 50 states in the US, and so there are 50 different tests.  Every state

2016-11-28 Question:

You live in Bulgaria.  I am unfamiliar with their laws regarding driving privileges.  If you're talking about the laws here in the United States, only legal residents of a state may test for a driver's

2016-11-28 Question:

Hi,    Yes, you can drive in the United States with a valid driver's license issued by your home country.  You will want to get the international driver's page, which translates your license into English

2016-08-31 Cross Walk:

Hi James,    The simple answer is, it depends.  Each state writes its own laws concerning motor vehicles.  Here in Pennsylvania, the law doesn't actually give anyone the right of way - it just says who

2016-08-03 Hand signals:

Yes, hand signals are real.  The automobile predates electronic turn signals by nearly 50 years, so during that time hand signals were very common.  They continue to be used by motorcyclists and bicyclists


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