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Monday, February 26, 2007

Plan Ahead

When you’re on the road is no time to “space”; you need to be focused and alert. It only takes a moment or two of distraction to cause a multi-car pileup, especially if you’re traveling at high speeds.

One thing that can help is to have a plan. If you’re going to an appointment, for example, you need to know which turns to take to get there. If there are unforeseen obstacles, such as new construction or an accident, it’s good to have a backup route. If you don’t have one already figured out, you may need to calculate one very quickly.

The reason this is so important is simple. Driving haphazardly is never wise. Even “Sunday drives” should have a little structure, so you don’t end up somewhere that you’d rather not be.

To put this in clearer focus, consider someone who is daydreaming on the way to an appointment. He knows about where it is, but isn’t sure which turns to take. Suddenly, he realizes, “Oh, that’s my exit”—at which point he has to abruptly swerve through two other lanes of traffic to get to the off-ramp. Hopefully, no one will be hurt as a result.

Don’t be that guy. Be prepared, have a plan, and stay alert. And to learn more driving tips, consider looking into an online driving course.


Anonymous said...

Plan ahead and try not to use maps printed of the computer. A good alternative is the Magellan GPS Navigation system. Make sure you get to where you are going and get there on time!

9:42 PM


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