Driving is one of the most common modes of transportation, but it is also one of the most dangerous and thereby most stressful.
As you might know, I am a recovered stress sufferer.
I truly know what it’s like to try to manage uncomfortable emotions during challenging times. I’m the author of a bestselling meditation guide called Instant Calm and founded the groundbreaking course: The Anxiety Cure.
I love sharing insights and strategies to help people stay calm, relaxed, healthy, happy – especially during stressful times.
With this in mind I put together this quick guide to offer some helpful insights about driving mistakes people make so you can be sure to stay safe.
First things first: Although there are options in place where you and other road users can claim compensation for death in car accident situations, everybody can agree that these situations are better avoided.
Here are some top driving mistakes people make while driving and why you should avoid them.
A big mistake that people make is checking their phone too often, looking at messages, scrolling social media, searching for, or changing a song, or looking at any other digital device such as a tablet.
The reason that you should avoid doing this is not only are you distracting yourself from what is going on in front of you on the road, but you are putting your life and other people’s lives at risk.
It only takes a few seconds for something to happen in front of you and if you are unlucky enough to be looking at a screen and not the road, your life and whoever else is involved will change forever.
If you enter your vehicle in an emotionally heightened state, you run the risk of overreacting to any situation that occurs.
The reason that you should avoid upset feelings is they could lead to a nasty altercation between you and another road user, and because people often are not thinking clearly when they are emotional it can get ugly pretty quickly.
So, before you drive, just check in with yourself and make sure that you are emotionally stable enough to deal with any problems you might encounter on the road.
Another mistake that is quite common to see people doing on the road is eating and drinking while driving.
The reason this is a mistake is that once again your full attention will not be on the road, and instead on what you are eating or drinking. Not only this but you will have less control over your vehicle due to your hands either holding your food or drink.
If you are hungry or thirsty, it is best to find a safe place to stop and take a little time for a break. Plus you should get support if you’re a stress eater.
If you didn’t sleep well or are taking a long trip then you might be more tired than you realize, and this is another mistake that many people fall into.
With lack of sleep and increased tiredness comes a reduced awareness of the road and your surroundings, ultimately leading to a higher chance of causing or being in an accident. This is why it is important to take regular breaks if you are tired.
So, before you next get behind the wheel of your vehicle, take a little time to think about these top mistakes that other people make while driving and ask yourself if you have done everything within your power to avoid making one of these mistakes. Make sure you are driving sensibly.