Why you don’t remember your drive

By Ronak Shah

Are you guilty of pulling into the driveway and then realising you have no memory of the drive or some portion of the drive at least? 

This is a concept referred to as ‘auto-pilot driving’. When we are so familiar with how to drive and are travelling in ‘easy’ conditions, our minds can start thinking about things that are completely unrelated to the road while we continue to drive in ‘auto-pilot’ mode. Although we may feel safe in the idea that we can get home without full concentration, this lack of awareness is extremely dangerous, especially when unexpected obstacles or situations arise. So how can you reduce the chances of switching into ‘auto-pilot mode? 

At our low-risk driving courses, we teach drivers the skills needed to increase their overall awareness of the road. By learning to always drive with this heightened sense of awareness, drivers are able to best protect themselves from risks associated with autopilot. This low-risk driving behaviour involves the driver intentionally and continuously scanning the road for potential hazards around their vehicle. This entails not only checking the road ahead for potential risks but also using mirrors to monitor vehicles who may be driving close to the back of the vehicle, cars changing lanes on either side of the vehicle as well as cars entering and leaving the road. It is also important to monitor the behaviour of pedestrians who may be looking to cross the road, pedestrians who might be hidden behind parked cars or drivers sitting in parked cars where the car door could potentially open towards the road.

At Corporate Driver Training Australia, our trainers teach participants how to drive with a heightened sense of awareness in our practical driving sessions. These skills are critical in ensuring that you are minimising the risk of autopilot. To learn more about our approach to low-risk driving, visit https://corporatedrivertrainingaustralia.com.au/  

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