Stay safe on the road with these simple, yet easy health tips. They can be used for drivers of all ages!
Getting behind the wheel of any vehicle means undertaking great responsibility. Not only does your safety rest on your skill, but also that of every pedestrian and driver you come across. That’s a whole load of people you need to keep safe, hence why you always need to dedicate your full attention to the task.
It all begins with learning to drive and with a good set of skills and a great instructor, they will certainly be able to instill this safety into you. Driving practice test is so vital to ensure that you have the right set of fundamental skills going forwards. The more that you practice, the easier it will be and then becomes second nature to you. You should always be sure that when you are getting your first car that you have the adequate insurance to cover you. Sometimes accidents aren’t your fault but you still need your own insurance to cover any mishaps.
Car insurance gives us coverage against accidental damage and protects us against the total or partial loss of our vehicle in the event of theft or accident. It also pays for any property damage – If you have an accident and your car needs to be repaired, the policy covers a percentage of the damage. It is vital that you have this. You should also always be aware of your own car and if it has had the checks and inspections that it really needs. Are the tires in good condition and is the car safe for the road. If it isn’t, then you could risk some type of accident which could be detrimental to your health and your license. It isn’t worth the risk, so be sure it gets regular checks and that you have the necessary tools in case you need to change a tire or perhaps add water/oil. So how else can you stay safe on the dangerous roads?
Sadly, while none of us want to contribute to the number of car accidents on the road, certain underlying health complaints can impact our ability to drive without our even knowing it. As simple as that, we open ourselves to slips that could harm us and many others in the process.
That’s never a positive, and the chances are that you want to believe it could never happen to you. In reality, though, no one is immune, which is why all drivers should keep on top with a health checklist that looks a little something like this.
You can’t drive if you can’t see, hence why instructors ask us to read number plates during our tests. Obviously, though, someone who passed their test twenty years ago might not be able to see as clearly now. Not only does that mean you won’t be able to see signs, number plates, etc. but you may also miss small hazards on the road like potholes and animals. In extreme cases, you might not even be able to see what cars are doing around you! Hence why, if you drive, you should get your eyes tested at least every two years, if not more. This way, an optician can keep an eye on things and make sure you’re able to see your journeys in their entirety.
My, what big ears you’ve got!
Driving relies on the senses, so hearing should also get a look in. After all, you need to be able to hear cars around you, and also horns, etc. where relevant. Admittedly, hearing tests needn’t be as regular as every two years, but it is vital that you look out for warning signs that you might need hearing aids, or that you’re experiencing tinnitus. If you suspect this to be the case, don’t hesitate to head to an audiologist who can check things out to stay safe on the road!
You’re feeling very sleepy
We all know now to drive when tired. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the world. Yet, few of us consider what health-based fatigue means for our driving. Sadly, everything from iron deficiencies right through to outright chronic fatigue could cause you to nod off when you really don’t want to. Again, the best thing you can do to prevent problems here is to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice issues. And, of course, always be sure to pull over if you notice yourself drifting off while driving!
As you can see, health and road safety are intrinsically linked. And, you owe it to yourself to keep on top with both.
Your Mental Focus
After we have been driving for a while the activity becomes second nature to us, the same as brushing our teeth, or using the internet – it’s automatic, a lot of the time we do it without thinking. This has both a benefit and a drawback. In theory, not thinking so much about driving should mean more attention dedicated to the road and unexpected obstacles, in practice, it generally means our attention is taken up with other things: the radio, the phone, a conversation, even food sometimes. These easy distractions can be the cause of many collisions that might require a road traffic lawyer. If you’re smart you will use your time in the car to practice your mindfulness and stay completely focused on the present moment.
Keep Your Digital Distance
These days it feels like we are always plugged into something, even when we get into our vehicles they connect to our phones and continue with whatever we were listening to or whoever we were talking to. While this might seem like excellent technology it can pose a danger to our safety on the road. Any distraction while driving, even the radio, can take our attention away from the present moment and can cause an accident. How many times have you needed to toot your horn at traffic lights because someone is on their phone – plenty no doubt. Eliminated the potential for distraction by isolating your phone while driving and paying more attention to other drivers who are probably distracted themselves.