It is a beautiful, blue-sky day and you are out enjoying the journey. Did you know that most crashes occur on good weather days? Lovely days lend themselves to distracting thoughts, and that can be dangerous. Responsible Drivers must make between 100-300 decisions per mile. That much looking and thinking is more than many are willing to invest in driving. That is disconcerting, because most crashes could be avoided if we saw what we needed to see.
Think about that for a moment. While enjoying that drive, are you completely focused on recognizing and reducing risk? If we are thinking about something else, that distraction is enough to cause a missed detail that could potentially lead to a crash. In other words, if our brains are somewhere else while we are physically behind the wheel, we are impaired.
I noticed some new warning signs around town, just like the one above. Why did traffic division see the need to add the extra warning to the Stop sign? Most crashes occur at intersections. When we are not diligent, we fail to assess the intersection correctly. The warning gives drivers information they should have gathered on their own. Count the stop signs at every intersection and you will not be the one headed for the crash. If you train your brain to correctly assess each intersection, you will increase your chances of enjoying your journey and contribute to the safety of others also. Happy counting, and Blessings to you!