The easy way to decrease the road toll, save millions of tax payer dollars, avoid a lot of emotional trauma and physical pain. It only takes 20-30 seconds each time you get in the car to drive. It costs you nothing but can save you a lot.
We are teaching our children how to drive safely, how to follow the rules, but are we teaching them to drive to survive? When we get behind the wheel of a car we are becoming in charge of what can potentially be a weapon of destruction. Shouldn’t we always take a moment to be sure that we are in the correct state to be behind the wheel?
We should be under the legal alcohol limit, we should be drug free, we should be wide awake and well rested, but does this make us safe? I don’t think so, I think that driving in a state of distraction can be just as dangerous as any of the above conditions. To be a safe driver we absolutely must be paying attention and mindful of what we are doing and where we are going.
How do we do this? B.A.M
- Breathe – after we have buckled up, take two or three deep breaths allowing yourself to relax and become focused. Yes you do have the time.
- Attention – take a few seconds to pay attention to what it is you are doing and be aware of your surroundings.
- Mindful – drive in the present moment, focus on what is happening right NOW and do not allow your mind to wander off into a dream state, or at least be aware when it does and bring it back to attention.
By paying attention and being aware we are in a state that we are able to respond to a sudden event, rather than react at the very last second, which could be a second too late for you, or for someone else.
I have been in situations where I have arrived at my destination without even remembering going through intersections or passing landmarks and I am sure that a very high percentage of other people would agree that they have done the same. We know that this is not safe, we drive in a state of stress, we drive when we are in a hurry and we drive on auto-pilot without thinking what we are doing – this has to stop!
Practice this B.A.M method every time you get in the car for a week, see what a difference it makes to your driving. Encourage your friends and family to do the same, let’s make a difference and keep our roads safe.