- Anvilicious: The short is hilariously unsubtle and unashamedly Scare 'Em Straight.
- Glurge: Listen to Trooper Hal or you'll die. Horribly.
- Narm: "Why don't they look?"
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Watching your brother driving obliviously towards an oncoming train while you futilely try to warn him of the danger.
- Made worse when you find out that the short is based on the experiences of an actual family.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The movie's melodramatic tone has caused it to age poorly. While at the time of its release it was lauded as a sober lesson about driving safety in the early 1950s, the excessively maudlin elements of its plot have caused it to become comedic to modern audiences who were raised on far more brutal safety films like the later Signal 30 and Red Asphalt.
- Twist Ending: The short makes it seem like new driver Alan will die despite Hal's best efforts to educate him. It's actually his older brother, Frank Jr.
- Values Resonance: In spite of the story's excessively narmy construction, the overall message of being careful behind the wheel of a car is still relevant and at least the film isn't full of gory mangled corpses as later Driver's Ed films would choose to do.
YMMV / Last Clear Chance