It’s been said that the weakest link in a vehicular accident is often the nut behind the wheel. We of course refer to the driver who is essentially supposed to be in control of the vehicle. While some mishaps cannot be avoided, there are times when it’s pure driver error or lapse in judgment.
It is for this reason that we always advise people who will be going on a road trip or even a drive to the grocery store to make sure they’re in top shape before getting behind the wheel. Because the truth of the matter is, being in top form when driving can spell the difference between being safe on the road or getting into a mishap.
But how does one ensure that they’re fit to drive? Does this mean getting perfect scores on their driving test or keeping their record clean? While these would help, it’s really about staying alert and being aware of your surroundings while behind the tiller.
Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind before heading out:
– Always get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation can lead to reduced reaction times and even lapses in judgment. There are even vehicles nowadays that will detect if your attention is amiss and will either try to wake you up with audible, visual, and sensory warnings or advise you to pull over and take a quick snooze. Indeed, taking a quick nap is advisable when on a long drive.
– Eat light meals and keep hydrated: A light snack before and during the drive would be good. Always keep a water bottle within reach to help keep you hydrated. And candy or something sweet would always help keep your sugar levels in check lest you dose off while on the expressway.
– Avoid driving if you find yourself stressed or angry. The simple logic here is that being in such states can lead to heightened occasions of road rage, which usually ends up in disaster. So keep calm and don’t take out your problems on other road users or on that accelerator pedal.
– Never drink and drive: Need we say more?
Simply put, your mental, emotional, or physical health can be a huge factor when it comes to road safety. So make sure you’re fit to drive before getting behind that steering wheel.