10 March 2010, by A. Cedilla
Here at last is the final part of our series, Lessons from Defensive Driving. I hope you enjoyed the ride.
Rule #50: Connect Your Mind To Your Eyes
Have you ever had one of those days when you suddenly jerk awake in your office chair and realize you had no idea how you got there? Try as you might, the commute is a blank. Scary, isn’t it? Where WERE you during the drive?
Autopilot has its good and bad points — the deciding factor of whether it is good or bad is awareness.
See what you’re looking at. Think, don’t just watch.
For example, when you find that you’re low on gas, gas stations pop up in the forefront of your consciousness. You won’t be able to help it. You’ll be on the alert for gas stations at every corner — and then you might forget you need to get some milk.
See what you want, but don’t lose sight of what’s happening. That’s how accidents can happen.
“One of the most important aspects of defensive driving is recognizing impending hazards BEFORE they become a problem for you. Early recognition allows the time you need to avoid trouble.”
The root of the work recognition comes from cognate – to know. Knowledge, in it’s most basic sense, IS awareness.
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