A lot of human behaviour is done automatically, the more we do something, the better we get and the less attention we pay to the task at hand. Driving is no different, after a few years on the road most people will be able to operate their car without much thought, whether it’s changing gears, or switching lanes. This goes double for those that drive for a living or as a big part of their job.
Driving is a complex activity though, and no matter how long you’ve been driving it’s hard to escape the fact that it requires a series of complex skills to operate a vehicle. In emergency situations, the minimal amount of attention that many allocate to driving can result in crashes and potential fatalities. Experts maintain that driver behaviour is a contributing factor in a bit over 90% of road crashes.
Practising good driver behaviour is crucial, this can change as a result of learning, which is the easiest method. However, more often than not it takes a severe crash to change driving behaviour for most people, when we are driving it’s very easy for things to go catastrophically wrong. Good driver behaviour will ensure that minor incidents don’t turn into severe accidents. Other factors can contribute to poor driver behaviour such as awareness, age and skill level; however these are not excuses for poor driving.
Regardless of the excuse, it’s always important to pay attention to the road, never answer your mobile phone or text and above all travel the speed limit, because we never how we will react in an emergency situation until it happens. If an accident does happen, you’re more likely to minimise the damage if you’re giving the road 100% of your attention.
There are courses available to help everyone with changing their driver behaviour. Low risk driving courses are able to be delivered at numerous locations around Australia. They cover concepts like low-risk driving courses, 4x4 driving, trailer towing and many more. They aim to improve driver behaviour and hopefully make the roads safer for everyone. Contact CDTA today for more information here.