Everyone thinks they can write, everyone thinks they can act, and everyone thinks they can drive. Yes, most people can produce something like good writing, good acting, or good driving, but few people are actually good writers, actors, or drivers. Actually, it’s safe to speculate that about 1 out of 100 drivers are actually good. Why? Well simply put, most people don’t want to pay attention. Most people zone out when they drive. But the damage that could ensue for the mild pleasure one derives from a relaxed trip to work is far from reasonable. Being a good driver could save you thousands of dollars, years of emotional turmoil, and even your life. Here’s what being a good driver entails.
When you enter an automobile, keep in mind that you are propelling a one ton projectile on a public street at speeds exceeding sixty miles per hour. If that projectile happens to collide with an inanimate object or a similar projectile heading directly towards you in the opposite direction, the results are catastrophic. Pay attention at all times. This means no distractions: no texts, emails, movies, audiobooks, or checking out eye candy on the side of the street. Driving requires 100% focus.
The highest ideal of any good driver is as follows: “every accident can be avoided.” Indeed, good drivers defend against the other drivers on the road. They never make excuses. Sure, an accident could be caused by the negligence of another driver. But a good driver hopes to avoid the negligent driver entirely. They look for warning signs. If you notice someone is swerving in and out of lanes, then avoid them. If you are about to take a right turn, look to your left to make sure the other driver does not run a stop light. Indeed, defense and focus are the two cornerstones of good driving.