Motorists should learn from their mistakes
Perrys is encouraging motorists to think about the unsafe moments they have faced behind the wheel, in a bid to lower the risks they confront on future road trips.
That Was A Close One!
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, commented: “Many of us are aware of those “that was a close one” moments, where no damage was actually done but where we came near to catastrophe.”
Tim continued: “Drivers need to put aside some time to reflect about their own specific “that was a close one” moment. But rather than letting themselves ponder on the danger and risk being side-tracked, we advise they wait until the end of a drive and put aside a few moments to consider why it happened.”
He added: “That short period of contemplation might be all that is needed to recognise the reason, and to adjust techniques of concentration or observation to avoid a similar situation occurring again.”
Perrys has come up with the following four straightforward tips to diminish risk for motorists:
Think about danger on journeys. This risk could come from a treacherous stretch of road, from bad weather, an irresponsible choice of speed or from a deficiency of concentration on the driving task.
Anticipate the unanticipated. This is particularly true on everyday stretches of road. Keep your guard up, foresee what could happen and stay ahead of the situation, rather than having to respond immediately.
Eradicate the word ‘suddenly’ from your motoring language. By pinpointing all the conceivable areas of risk, you can adjust and update your position and speed to steer yourself clear of trouble.
Learn from your slip-ups. You’re guaranteed to be familiar with the “that was a close one” thought; the awareness that a dicey moment just happened. Take some time later to mull over why that moment happened. Did you neglect to see another car? Did you underestimate speed or distance? Did you bet with a changing traffic light? Most importantly, what different action could you take next time to cut the risk?
Tim Barnes-Clay concluded: “We all make blunders; but regrettably a lot of us look to accuse everybody or everything else – making it tough or unmanageable to learn. But we are all more susceptible on the road than we think we are. By acknowledging the circumstances that may lead to bigger danger, and learning from those “that was a close one” moments, we can reduce risk, both to ourselves and to those other road users around us.”