DefensiveDriving 101 -- Courtesy Is The Antidote To Dangerous Driving
In order to be respectful to a fellow human being, we first have to be mindful of them... to admit the reality of them... isn't that right? The dictionary uses the locution "consideration toward others" to describe politeness.
Let's chew over this for a bit, shall we? The more you march on toward being a skilled driver, the easier it is to observe that the common denominator to defensivedriving is your awareness of what's transpiring beyond your vehicle perimeter.
Most all the issues, minus one, that can make one into a bad driver revolve around actions within the vehicle. Phone calls, passengers, and writing text messages, music... all this stuff is what distracts you from paying attention to what's transpiring outside your vehicle.
The other part is your mind-set. Chew over it, if you are browned off with something, a driver's seat is not the best spot to be and you should be self-aware enough to adapt your driving style till you chill out, or not drive at all. Your touchstone should always be politeness.
If you are respectful then a bunch of good things are transpiring in that processor in your head. When you are respectful, you are focusing on what's outside. You are also mindful to other drivers' wants, which is as decent as it gets. There are rafts of occasions on the routine journey around town to be polite to other drivers. They may not on every occasion notice your politeness, but they usually do. In my extensive experience those minor benignities you distribute to complete strangers usually get returned back to you by other complete strangers as if by white magic... kind of cool really. You all of a sudden notice drivers letting you into tight spots when earlier they behaved like jerks... white magic I say to you.
If you will just risk to be as nice as possible to other drivers for one week, I bet you will be astounded. It really alters your whole perspective on driving while at the same time clearly identifying you as a authentic class act. Now, who among us doesn't wish to be a class act?
What ends up transpiring, is that you shortly find yourself seeking opportunities to give the other guy a break, which leaves you feeling proud of yourself. It also directs you... pay attention here... directs you outside of the bubble in your car. You are concentrating on what's transpiring out there much more, when you risk to be respectful to other drivers.
This minor exercise in human relations 101 can catapult you from a mediocre driver to a safe one in no time flat. So... you if you wish to be an expert driver, it's that easy... just cut the other guy some slack. Even if they don't appreciate it, you will be a better person and an adept driver for doing it.
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