How to Stay Safe While on the Road
Authorities report that thousands of people are killed or injured in road mishaps year after year. However, we cannot just abandon driving. It has become a very vital part of our professional and personal lives, so much so that removing it from the equation will surely lead to chaos.
Having said that, there is a very big need to do some things to ensure our safety on the road. In this article, we present three often overlooked tips to stay safe on the road.
Control your aggression
When we think about road safety, tips like not drinking too much alcohol and following traffic rules are always on top of the list. Rightfully so! But there are also other things that you can do, and they can have as much effect in ensuring safety. One is controlling the feelings of rage or aggression while behind the wheel.
Now, exerting control requires a good deal of psychological strength. There is evidence that suggests that the energy that we use to regulate ourselves comes from the same reservoir where we get the energy to move and do other things. Hence, we can only exert control over our responses and emotions if we are not exhausted.
Applying that to the current case, it is clear that we should not drive when we are tired. Not only will this lead to drowsiness, being tired might also lead us to be unfiltered when it comes to the ways we respond to the stimulation that we get while on the road. Needless to say, our unfiltered words and actions can be fatal.
Stay out of the path of those who are most likely to violate the rules of the road
No matter how careful and self-regulated we are, we still cannot control the behavior of the other people and drivers that we share the road with. Hence, if you see that someone is being aggressive on the road, stay out of their way. Let them overtake, let them go ahead, or simply just give them space to move away from you.
Letting transgressions go might be difficult for some, especially when their egos start to get involved. But doing this will surely be a lot better than getting injured in an accident. While serious injuries and compensation usually go together in such cases – especially if we get the help of competent lawyers – staying safe all the time is perhaps still better.
Know your tendencies and the risks that go with them, and then address them accordingly
Studies have shown that aside from behavioral factors, personality factors play a significant role in road crashes as well. Particularly, those who seek adventure and those you are younger (or young-at-heart) tend to have greater chances of getting involved in car accidents.
Now, if you see yourself as someone who seeks adventure, it’s better that you know the risks that go with such a personality. Once you acknowledge the risks, the next step is to take measures that help you lessen their impact on you. A good example is to ‘train’ yourself to express your adventure-seeking tendencies elsewhere and not on the road. This compartmentalization can save not only your life but also those of others around you.
Ensuring safety while on the road should always be a top priority. We surely do not want to be part of the car crash statistics that get reported every year.