Human beings are prone to operating on “autopilot”, especially on familiar roads. Our minds wander from operating our vehicle to other things, such as work related issues, our children’s after school activities, what to cook for dinner, etc… It is virtually impossible to keep this from occurring, but it is vitally important to recognize it when it is happening, and bring our attention back to the task of driving as quickly as possible. Another way drivers become distracted is by modern technology. From our cellphones, to our tablets, to extravagant in dash navigation and entertainment systems… there are so many new distractions in our vehicles, it’s a wonder we are capable of driving at all.
One of the most important aspects of defensive driving is recognizing impending hazards BEFORE they become a problem. Early recognition allows the time you need to avoid trouble. Therefore, keeping your eyes on the road, and your attention focused on the task of driving, will dramatically improve your safety, and the safety of those around you.
Stay “Alert” my friend… We look forward to seeing you driving “Safely” in Texas.
This has been another weekly “Driver’s Safety” update from iDefensiveDriving.com