Malcolm Gladwell is one of the world’s greatest teachers. With his best-sellers, The Tipping Point and Blink!, Mr. Gladwell presents hard information in easily digestible stories. I’m glad to count him among my teachers.

Many of my friends and students are either learning to drive or starting to hand the keys over to a young driver. Mr. Gladwell’s “Wrong Turn,” originally published in The New Yorker on June 11, 2001, teaches us that, with driving, “mistakes are endemic and accidents inevitable.” His first sentence remains my favorite: “Every two miles, the average driver makes four hundred observations, forty decisions, and one mistake.”

This article is worthy reading for any family that operates cars.