A lot goes into the physical and mental processes behind driving: Reaction time, good vision, attention span and more. A big part of driving is decision making, as the decisions we make ultimately control how we drive. To that end, here are three ways in which the decisions you make, and the way you make decisions in general, have an impact on your driving.
It’s important to remember that a lot goes on when it comes to your body’s reaction to certain driving situations. Your reaction time is actually a complex set of physical and biological changes inside of your body, some of which you have control over, and some of which you don’t. Improving your decision-making ability, and particularly determining when to make a decision, will ultimately increase your reaction time. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to increase your reaction time. Put your brain in unfamiliar situations and train yourself to react accordingly. Also, try to actively pay attention to your surroundings, bringing your conscious brain into more situations.
Poor decision making by drivers is the cause of 80 percent of collision incidents. This indicates that more time needs to be devoted to learning how to think about driving. To that end, when you drive, pay attention to the situations you decide to drive into and how you drive in general. Your decision-making process should steer you into more appropriate situations, where you drive defensively and with a concentration on how to avoid dangerous situations, not just getting you somewhere as fast as possible. Doing so will keep you safe and avoid car accidents.
Dangerous Driving Habits
Decision-making processes help keep you safe in that you make decisions to drive in less dangerous ways. When you drive, do you choose to give the road your full attention, or do you check your cell phone? Do you decide to get a designated driver that night or to speed, despite the warnings of speed limit signs? You can decide to ignore that driver who just cut you off instead of chasing after them, honking your horn the whole time. Dangerous driving habits aren’t things that just happen. They are often the end result of a faulty decision-making process.
Decision making is about so much more than just choosing things; it’s about how your brain operates in an entire thought and action process. Fortunately, you can improve this process by training yourself to be better at making good decisions while driving. Doing so will make you a safer driver.
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