Atlanta Drivers, You Are Looking, But You Aren’t Seeing

I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression, “You maybe  hearing what I’m saying, but you’re not listening” once or twice in your lifetime. Of course, the same can be said when you are behind the wheel, but with a twist; “you’re looking, but you’re not seeing.” At Southtowne Motors, we understand that there are many distractions on the road, most of them will take you away from the task at hand, which is driving. Watch this video below and I think you’ll see what I mean.

It sure is easy to miss what we aren’t looking for, especially when we are driving. There are a lot of things we have to think about such as road conditions, our speed, various traffic laws, different signs and signals and the other drivers around us.  Now add distractions such as cell phones and the radio to the mix and you’ve got quite a lot going on, wouldn’t you say?

The video above was made the London Department of Transportation to heighten motorists awareness of cyclists. The motto of the campaign,  “It’s easy to miss what you aren’t looking for,” is a great message to send to automotive drivers everywhere. There is nothing more important than being aware of our surroundings at all times when we’re in our cars. So what’s the best way to do this?

Stay alert. Being alert (not sleepy or under the influence) allows you to react quickly to potential problems — like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Obviously, alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) affect a driver’s reaction time and judgment. Driving while drowsy has the same effect and is one of the leading causes of crashes. So rest up before your road trip.

Be aware of your surroundings — pay attention. Check your mirrors frequently and scan conditions 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down or pull over to avoid it. If the driver is driving so dangerously that you’re worried, try to get off the roadway by turning right or taking the next exit if it’s safe to do so. Also, keep an eye on pedestrians, bicyclists, and pets along the road.

Do not depend on other drivers. Be considerate of others but look out for yourself. Do not assume another driver is going to move out of the way or allow you to merge. Assume that drivers will run through red lights or stop signs and be prepared to react. Plan your movements anticipating the worst-case scenario.

[KidsHeath.org]

So Atlanta, the next time you are in your Southtowne car or truck, think about these three things as you drive along.

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