You may feel sure that you’re in top shape to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, but how often do you stop and think about it?
Driving fitness depends on so many variables, some of which you may never have stopped to consider.
Here are some things that make for a good driver:
- Excellent eyesight and hearing
- Reliable reflexes
- The maturity not to speed or succumb to road rage
- Awareness of when you are too weary to drive
- The ability to concentrate for long periods
- The willingness to decline alcohol and drugs if you plan to drive
All those factors can affect your ability to make what may be a life-saving split-second decision. Other things that can reduce your driving sharpness include aging, illness, injury or any prescription medications you take.
Can you successfully multitask?
To drive well, you need to focus on several things at once and perform several things simultaneously. For instance, you need to scan the road for obstacles, watch the sidewalk for anyone or anything that may enter the road and check the air ahead for traffic signals or signs.
Meanwhile, your feet must work the pedals, and your hands control the steering wheel and levers to indicate, turn on the wipers and more. It is a lot to do even when you are at your best.
Know your limitations
If someone of any age or experience level isn’t up to being at the wheel, they should seek alternatives like taking public transportation or asking a friend to drive. Driving when unfit to do so safely is reckless and puts others on the road at significant risk of injury or death.