We are all distracted these days. In every moment there are dozens of things that compete for our attention, and yes, driving is no exception. High music, subtitles or an unreasonable child in the back seat can threaten to take our focus away from the road just long enough for an accident to happen.
So how do we keep our attention where it needs to be?
Learning and Automaticity:
If you've been driving for a while, chances are that a car has become the other nature. You can drive to work, school, health club and be so busy that you don't even remember the trip. Cognitive researchers call this "automation", which is what happens when an activity has been practiced so many times it has become accustomed ̵
The advantage of learning something so deep is that we do not have to devote as much effort to performing the basic tasks that our lives require: eating, tying our shoes, reading and yes, driving. In some ways we get better at these activities because we no longer need to think about the basics and are free to participate in the nuances. But there is also a drawback with automation: it is much easier to stop paying attention and "calling in" a task. You may not notice so much; And you can even start thinking that multitasking is not a big deal. When you are on the road, this can be dangerous.
Before You Begin: Take a few minutes to check both external and internal conditions. Make sure your windows are ready and your mirrors are in the right position. Check out the weather. Clear the driver's seat. Adjust the heat, music volume, radio station, or anything else that may distract you from driving. Take a deep breath.
When driving: When you are behind the wheel, it is best to become a "uni-bag": do not talk on the phone, eat a cheeseburger, make it your makeup, reach behind you to try find something on the floor for your child; And whatever you do, don't do text. If you need to be in communication – for example, you need to make phone calls during a long commute – use an audio cable or wireless pairing to make it hands-free.
When you need focus: If you're singing with your favorite song, conversing or trying to handle siblings in the back seat when a potentially dangerous weather or traffic situation arises, don't panic. Turn off the music, end the call or pull over as soon as possible. If the distraction is inside the car, try not to take care of it while driving.
The best thing you can do is improve your focus while driving is to make a commitment to pay attention. Minimize distractions, don't try multitask and keep your family safe on the road.
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