Most of us think we drive better than others. It’s completely natural… but it’s also not true. What mistakes do we most often make?
Behind the belief in one’s own above-average abilities is a psychological phenomenon known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. Research has shown that 80% of drivers consider themselves to be better drivers than 70% of drivers in general. We tend to overestimate our qualifications when they are at an average level and underestimate them when we become experts in some field. So much for the theory. And now a list of «sins», the avoidance of which will allow us to become better drivers.
1. Bad seat adjustment
Although it may seem like a detail, in practice, not only the comfort of our ride, but also its safety depends on how we arrange the seat, belts and mirrors. Therefore, even when you are in a hurry, it is worth spending two minutes to properly “settle down” in the car before starting it. Especially when you are in a hurry.
Rushing is a bad advisor – especially on the road. We will not repeat here again that breaking the speed limits is wrong and dangerous. Everyone knows it, and yet most of us can find an excuse that we needed to go faster this time. A slightly slower drive will not delay us dramatically and it can save your life in dangerous situations.
3. Lack of concentration
Apparently, the average driver focuses on driving only for 1/3 of its duration. Our attention can be occupied by passengers (whoever traveled somewhere with children knows how difficult it is to concentrate then), phone calls (even when they are conducted via a headset or hands-free), as well as devices that ensure a more comfortable ride. We cannot avoid distractions, but when we are aware of them, it is easier to return to a state of concentration.
This «sin» very often occurs together with the previous one. Sometimes it may seem that the route covered for the thousandth time will not surprise us with anything. We forget about the signs, we go by heart and… at best, it ends with a fine as a result of missing a sudden change in traffic organisation. Beware of routine – it is no coincidence that most accidents happen near your home.
Long hours behind the wheel reduce the reaction time of even the best driver. When we get tired, take a break, get some fresh air and take a walk. Let us not be ashamed to admit to ourselves that we are only human and we have a right to fatigue. We also plan long routes wisely. Going on vacation at night after a hard day at work isn’t necessarily the best idea.
6. Lack of prediction
A good driver can react quickly to a dangerous situation on the road. A very good driver can predict it and avoid it in most situations. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on the surroundings. We will avoid unpleasant surprises if check the mirrors regularly, observe the signs and behavior of other road users.
The years go by, and you can still find drunk drivers on the roads. Driving after drinking has absolutely no explanation, and the consequences are usually dire.
We hope you managed to avoid these mistakes. Or maybe we have forgotten something important? If so, be sure to write your suggestions in the comments!