Transportation and Vehicle Safety/Expert Profile

Ask A Question

Michael Mercadante


Follow me on:


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 in the area

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.


Perkasie News-Herald WonkaVision Magazine Philadelphia Zoo website Driver Training Services website Yahoo! Associated Content


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.

Average Ratings

Recent Reviews from Users

Read More Comments

    K = Knowledgeability    C = Clarity of Response    P = Politeness
James08/09/16101010Thanks. I'll study them.
Midori08/09/16101010Thank you, Michael! You've been so helpful .....
Midori07/23/16101010Michael is very knowledgeable and answer your .....
Laura10/07/15101010Thank you so much what you said .....

Recent Answers from Michael Mercadante

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

2016-07-22 Red Light Camera Violation for Someone:

Hi Midori,    Before I begin, let me first say that traffic laws differ from municipality to municipality, and from state to state.  I can't possibly speak with any expertise about the specific local municipal

2016-04-12 Teens Driving Education:

Hi,    So, yes, the official recommendations for hand position have changed over time.  Up until the early 1990's, the standard was to keep your hands at 10 and 2.  But starting around 1992, airbags became

2015-09-29 Becoming a more confident driver:

Hi Laura,    First off, appreciate that there is no universal clock that elapses and then one days dings, declaring you a master driver.  Driving is a lifelong learning process, taking time and practice


Ask A Question

Transportation and Vehicle Safety

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


©2016 All rights reserved.