Thursday 18 July 2024

Eyes on the road! Why being aware really matters

When you go through your driving lessons and you learn all about the roads, you’re always going to be cautious. You’ll sit up right, you’ll keep your hands at 10 and 2 (or 9 and 3), and you’ll be very aware of what’s going on around you. But as you get older, bad habits can creep in. You’ll start to relax a little and become more confident. This can then cause you to get a little sloppy with your driving. While you may not think that it matter, it could actually be dangerous. Whether you do a lot of motorway driving or you just need to get from A to B, you have to be vigilant. And yes, that means keeping your eyes on the road at all times. And here’s why you need to.

Reaction time

First of all, there’s your reaction time to think about. If you’re distracted and your mind is elsewhere, you may be missing out on vital signs that are unfolding in front of you on the road. Or even worse, if you’re under the influencer or using your cell phone, you may not be concentrating on the roads as much as you should be. And yes, this is going to mean that your reaction time slows. That may not seem that big of a deal, but if it causes an accident or costs you your life, it certainly is.

Aware of others

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re looking about and that you’re aware of others on the road or in the vicinity. Your driving may not be the cause of an accident, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be in one. While you do have things like to help you in situations like this, being more aware of others is a better solution. If you can see something happening before it happens and take precaution, you’ll be in a better place. But you have to concentrate in order to do that.

Eliminating distractions

Next, you need to ensure that you’re not going to be distracted. We’ve already touched in mobile phone usage, but don’t let yourself get distracted by the radio or others in your car either, as this could mean that you do cause an accident.

Changing weather conditions

From here, you should also be aware of the weather. It seems simple, but different weather conditions can really affect the roads. Make sure that you use something like to be as prepared as possible. Then you can stay alert for any weather changes and adjust your actions accordingly.

Being a key witness

Lastly, you really do have to keep your eyes on the road at all times, and focused on what’s going on around you, in case something does happen. If others are victims in an accident and you saw what happened, you can help them and give a detailed account. But if you’re not vigilant, you won’t be able to do that.

** This is a collaborative post

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