AND I DIDN’T SEE THEM

There are the most common words drivers say immediately following a collision.

Most of the time, it’s heard while standing at an intersection right after the big bang.

So collisions in intersections are common where the road’s designed to go straight into the sides of your car. 

So what should a driver do about it? Slow down, scan early before entering, ensuring all activity in and around the intersection makes sense before you enter? Add more space around you to give you the most distance from others and increase your ability to see more!

IT HAPPENED SO FAST.  Hmmm. How can someone hit you fast? Were they going fast, or was it you going fast? Or was it both of you going fast? And if you are scanning 15, 20 or more cars all around you, how quickly can trouble get to you?

A simple way to distinguish good driving from bad driving is to think about a collision definition.

A COLLISION IS WHEN TWO OBJECTS ARE IN THE SAME SPACE.

So, taking that simple concept of space and distance – prevention should be, never get in the same area as another. Better yet, don’t get close! Better yet, get as far away from other objects, as far away as you can!

So all this talk about space, distance and time bring us to an answer called VISION!

You’ve got to SEE CLEARLY to manage all these moving objects, all the constantly changing space and distance between the objects. So you need to be away from everything to allow for maximum vision, room for your eyes to see things!

So try the opposite of getting AS CLOSE as you can. Try the opposite of GO AS FAST as you can. Just try to hold space around or maximize space around you in all directions, and see what happens. Drop the gogogo thinking for a little and try to exercise a new, a different way, possibly a far safer way! For everyone!

Just a thought.

And then maybe…

IT DOESN’T HAPPEN SO FAST

and I DID SEE THEM!

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