To earn a private pilot's license, a student has to show proficiency in overcoming basic urgent and emergency situations. But to get a driver license, a motorist need only demonstrate a clumsy three-point turn and a ham-fisted attempt at parallel parking. Some states don't even require that. The first time that drivers are asked to demonstrate their accident-avoidance skills, lives may be on the line. Without knowledge and practice, the odds are not in their favor.