I LOOKED LEFT THEN RIGHT THEN LEFT AGAIN AND WAS READY TO PULL OUT. BUT THEN I REALIZED THAT I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT I HAD SEEN.

Yes, this is called ageing.

In fact, I work with many clients who struggle with this and they are in their twenties. So maybe it’s not ageing.

Maybe it’s just me not driving professionally for several decades!

No matter which it is, there is a solution.


Start with a list of Things to Consider

  1. everything is changing at every moment. So too are you, your vision, your brain, everything. So its a normal state of how things are. And because of this, your solutions must also be continually evolving and changing.
  2. you can change to adapt to these new changes no matter what they are.
  3. comparing your todays performance to that same level of when you were 20 or 30 years may not be a smart standard to measure against.
  4. however you can still achieve most mobility by coming up with new strategies to compensate for the changes you are experiencing.

Several decades past I was a senior assessor for the Transport Canada cell phone studies, which followed more than a decade working with many corporations and thousands of different drivers.

When I retired and returned to driving buses, I noticed that I was not as sharp in comparison to my skills when I was 30 years old.

I LOOKED LEFT THEN RIGHT THEN LEFT AGAIN AND WAS READY TO PULL OUT. BUT THEN I REALIZED THAT I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT I HAD SEEN.

This is exactly what I noticed.

I was measuring myself against an extremely high standard. One I had lost having spent decades behind a desk.

So what did I do?

I noticed that my memory was not as sharp as it used to be. This bothered me for a while. But then I persisted in finding a new strategy to produce the same fully aware result when driving.

What could I use to compensate for my less than optimal memory?

With some practise and repetition I develop my eyes.

Yes. Vision over Memory. Eyes over Brain became my solution.

I started to focus more on vision and repeating visual scans, adding in more visual checks and scans, earlier, during and after each manoeuvre. Before gave me more time. During gave me a strong assurance. And post checks confirmed that my decisions were correct and accurate, which boosted my confidence and soon had me realizing that I really didn’t need that once super-sharp memory to be able to drive super safe.

I must here thank my mind for even though it’s maybe not as sharp nor fast as before, but it still is great at solving problems and coming up with new compensatory stratigies.

Thanks go to my eyes and my brain.

Happy Driven.

P.S. We all know the high-risk drivers, well published. But do we know the safest drivers? I show you here…

THE SAFEST DRIVERS 🙂

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