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!
We learn to spot them from a distance..most of the time. Alarmed, we immediately brake check. That is, we brake and check our behavior. Maybe our speed was a little too fast, or we were about to run that light or roll that stop. Until we see the ENFORCER.
Instantly, we become the model of a Responsible Driver. We quickly find our brake and realize there is a correct way to drive. Suddenly there is no better driver on the road than us. Amazing how quickly we can alter our behavior when the ENFORCER is in town.
Did you ever pause to think why we pay Enforcers to police our behavior, or pay legislators to write laws restricting behavior? Would we need them if we simply ordered our own lives? The Enforcers are there to protect citizens from those who do not respect the lives of others. But who should be the real enforcers? Wouldn’t it better if we each took responsibility for our selves? What if we each drove correctly? Couldn’t we reduce the risk we share daily on the road, and consequently reduce the number of crashes and resulting deaths?
Next time we are tempted by the stresses of our hurried lives to make that imprudent choice, let’s give it a second thought. Is it really worth the risk? Remember, we all count on each other to Recognize and Reduce the Risk we all share while navigating the roadways. Let’s breathe a little, slow down, and Enjoy The Journey. Blessings to you!