THE MINNESOTA DRIVER AND TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL WINTER WORKSHOPS
|Each year MDTSEA holds workshops in ten cities around the state. The 2013 Winter Workshops were held in mid January. |
The schedule is . . .
Registration is 5:30 until 6:00.
The welcome and meal begins at 6:00.
After the meal we will have a discussion with a local examiner. That will be followed with a speaker. There may be new curriculum materials.
MDTSEA's legislative plans and some new curriculum materials will complete the evening.
Comments gathered from previous workshops.
Most exams can only be scheduled 60 days out. You can make appointments in person, on the internet or by phone. Note some exam stations do not have phones so you need to call the regional office. There is a possibility of scheduling farther out.
Since October 2011, Minnesota is now using the "Triple Check" procedure mandated by the feds. Any time a person gets a new card they check social security, and two other databases. Any unpaid fines or such in any state will keep you from proceeding.
Home school students must have letter from DPS before they can enroll and get a blue card.
Check with your examiner about manuals. Several locations have a large supply yet. These are not copyrighted so print as needed. Suggestion: Print manuals for in class use. Replace only pages when they change. Put online manual into powerpoints.
The new law about not blocking intersections does not apply to left turns. Continue to enter the intersection to wait for oncoming traffic to clear.
Blue and white cards are showing up without being filled out properly. Must have legal name, birth date and normal signature.
The pretest checks are failing students. They must have insurance card and know how to turn on lights manually. Need to at least explain how parking break works. Will test lights so know how to turn the car on and operate the lights as directed.
New web site is dvs.dps.mn.gov.
Don't practice in DPS stakes. Parallel parking is 25' by 7' with third stake at 3 1/2 feet. 90¡ back is 10' by 10' with third stake 10' back on right side. Must be done on own without auto method, cameras or beepers. If the driver has full bed and an extended cab the stakes are moved 2 feet farther apart.
Make sure students move over on right turns and check blind spots. If a bike can fit between car and curb you are too wide. Use bike lanes and empty parking spots.
Students must have CERTIFIED birth certificate, Foreign students must prepare early for all forms to be ready. (passport, certified transcript, notarized application, MN address) Farm permit requires tax statement stating ag. use from owner and rental agreement if appropriate.
One road test can be done with "lost" permit. Must have proof of identity.
Correct any errors on paperwork or cards immediately.
Watch speed. Over 5 mph too slow can fail and alley's have 10 mph limit.
One examiner will look into a better form for explaining why a person failed and needs more BTW training. This is seldom required if had 6 hours BTw training.
Students should know about flashing yellow arrows, carbon monoxide (page 84) and zipper merge (page 49 in manual).
Registration: Smooth. Even let me come with late registration. Great socializing! Great to see DE people. Introduce people. Maybe do business while waiting for food. Have a sign posted.
Supper: Excellent! Very meaty. Could we do something lighter. (Stillwater)
Insurance: Excellent speaker. Valuable information.
Examiner: Always good to get updates and input.
Overall: I appreciate the informal approach. Very easy to ask questions. Invite speakers with information for new drivers like Lee Gramm - AAA and Gary Havir - Horace Mann. Perhaps sharing the road with motorcycles next year. E-mail list of contacts for networking. Too much noise from other room (Proctor). Schedule in fall before snow and cold. Could use more time. Follow the same procedure. Wow! I'm glad I came. Thank You.
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