9 Causes of Distracted Driving
Riding a motorcycle requires your full attention, just as navigating your life’s Road does. If you allow your eyes to focus on something other than your destination, that’s where you’ll go.
There are many demands on scarce time and personal resources. Initially, they may seem equally important, yet if you take a step back and look at them in the grand scheme of things, many lose their urgency and significance.
Over time, directing energy to something that’s off course will drain you, making you less effective for those things you’ve decided are priorities.
9 Causes of Distracted Driving
This becomes a real hazard to riders, particularly in autumn when the sun is low in the sky. Even the best-polarized sunglasses can’t block it all.
When glaring challenges appear in life, the best choice for avoiding disaster is to stop and take corrective action. Stumbling along blindly sets you up for accidents and further delays.
Activity in other vehicles
Most bikes sit higher than cars and the rider can get quite an education by seeing what’s going on inside the cage. While it’s vital to anticipate the driver’s actions, fascinating as it may be, avoid focusing on activities that are not going to affect you.
Likewise in life. It’s easy to get pulled into other people’s problems. As much as you’d like to help, the first priority must be with yourself and tending to your own needs.
You find yourselves in a traffic jam because rubberneckers are curious about something that happened in another lane, that’s headed in a different direction and on the other side of a barrier.
It’s just as easy to get sidetracked like this in life by something that catches your eye. It slows you down, confuses those around you and puts you at risk of harm – and not making your destination.
Riding along on a beautiful day can lull you into complacency and a tendency to let your mind wander. Your brain state drifts from beta alertness to alpha relaxation – not a good thing when you’re operating a motorcycle. While there’s no question of the Zen quality of riding, you still need to remain attentive.
Whether on your bike or life’s Road, persistent difficulty maintaining focus means it’s time for a rest.
Searching for directions
Trying to find an address, you wipe the rain from your visor, slow down, watch for traffic, observe stop lights, avoid potholes, look at road signs, navigate around streetcar tracks and keep an eye out for jay-walkers. It’s tricky to do while maintaining balance, avoiding the wrath of other drivers, becoming tense and crashing into something.
If you know you’re going into a busy time with lots of demands on your time and personal resources, the more you can plan and prepare, the easier it will be to arrive at your destination safely.
Feeling immersed in nature while riding through forests, across plains or along the ocean, is a highlight of riding. It’s when I feel the most connected to Spirit. But I’m still a mortal being and need to watch the road.
Tending to body as well as mind and soul on life’s journey, keeps you balanced, healthy and joyful.
Pain and discomfort are signals your body sends off indicating something is amiss and needs attention, regardless of what you’re doing.
Whether you’re on your bike or your Road, this distraction means it’s time to take a break and tend to other priorities before proceeding.
Poor fitting gear
You wear gear to protect yourself from weather, flying objects of all sizes and the road. Armor (padding) needs to end up in the right position should it be called into action. One size does not fit all and whatever you wear must be right for you and the situation. Gear that is too tight, too loose or just plain doesn’t work makes you uncomfortable, contributes to fatigue and isn’t going to give you the protection you need.
If you’re to be of service to others, your first priority is in caring for your Self and your unique needs, not taking on a role or wearing something that was meant for someone else.
Whether it’s a radio turned up loud, iPods, loud bikes or two-way radios, all noise is sensory input your brain has to process. This is in addition to all the other inputs you have to deal with.
Avoid taking on too much, keep things simple and stay focused. No matter which road you’re on, it keeps you relaxed, alert and in a better frame of mind.
It’s easy for buzz to distract you. It attracts your attention and your energy, but has no bearing on where you’re going. Watch letting distractions lure you away from your purpose. Don’t be a distracted driver, on your motorcycle or on your life’s road.