You’ve heard it time and time again, but we’re going to say it once more because it’s that important; keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to the cars around you. Being observant and keeping your eyes on the road will not only keep you safe, but it’ll help protect the drivers around you as well.
For example, when you’re approaching an intersection, take a second to look at the traffic making a left turn as you’re going through the light. Drivers can underestimate how far away you are, and think they have enough time to make the turn. If you’re observant and notice them inching up to take their turn as you’re entering the intersection, you can react in time to prevent a collision.
Being observant requires little to no distractions. Looking down at your phone, eating, or looking for your favourite song while driving can take away from your attentiveness on the road.
Those quick little glances down to check the messages in your group chat can lead to those heart-stopping moments when you slam on your brakes to avoid rear-ending someone – and you there’s no guarantee that you’ll always look up in time.
Be proactive, not reactive
This goes hand in hand with being observant. When you’re taking note of what other drivers are doing, you have the opportunity to react accordingly and do your part to help everyone stay safe.
You might be thinking, why should you go out of your way to prevent a collision that would be someone else’s fault? The truth is, as much as we try to be attentive drivers 100% of the time, everyone is bound to get distracted and make a bad judgment call at some point. We’re all human, and mistakes are inevitable. Reacting aggressively to these blunders on the road won’t do any good – they’ll just make for even more unsafe conditions.