look into drivers heads
By T.K. Malhotra
ROAD SAFETY --ATTITUDE PROBLEM
every kilometer you drive, you have to make countless decisions
to perform numerous physical tasks. Emotions play an extreme
role and can cause problems behind the wheel. Driving is a matter
of attitude. If we are angry, excited, worried or upset due
to any reasons, our attitude to drive is emotionally affected.
Poor driving attitude is not only a problem in India but is
recognized worldwide. The psychology departments of several
overseas universities regard the poor driving attitude to be
the subject of more research and education. The driving attitude
generally reflects physical fitness and mental status of a driver.
Poor driver attitude reduces alertness, affects clarity of vision
and weakens power of judgment. Ability to drive gets worse if
the driver is emotionally upset. His attitude to drive also
gets affected as his mind is occupied with matters unrelated
to the business of driving. It is an established fact that poor
attitude of a driver endangers his own safety.
may be persons who would like to display the ability to drive
at an excessive speed. This kind of attitude increases heartbeats
and makes others on the road shiver! We must therefore tune
our attitude to the characteristics and behaviour of the car
and the traffic pattern before accelerating beyond a reasonable
speed. Indians who return from overseas do show some higher
level of courtesy for sometime in their driving attitude but
soon after they become less considerate of others. They are
seen lacking maturity and the attitude they developed when driving
abroad. Some of us also behave on the roads as if we must win
the race at all costs as we should do on the sports field. Perhaps
our zeal to be the first is related with our driving attitude.
Speed and alcohol are the other elements targeted as the leading
ills on our roads. These two problems in themselves attribute
to the attitude deficiency.
Anger, frustration and untimely road rage is often created due
to poor approach to driving attitude. Aggressive and fast driving,
declining the right of way to others, tailgating, hogging the
road at low speeds, failing to keep consistency in speed are
all part of the poor attitude mix.
Another problem relates with teen drivers. Unfortunately, due
to no time for attitude building, they try to live in their
own little world of power with deafening music and thunder sound
of exhaust pipe when driving. This creates an arrogance problem
on city roads but you cannot label it to a driving attitude
problem'' exclusively. The same teens would probably play their
music system as loud if not more in their living room also.
It is not enough to teach driving skills and road rules but
we must emphasize that drivers should develop an attitude to
promote the notion of tolerance or forgiveness on the road.
For the sake of argument it may not be correct only to blame
youth for the entire driving attitude problem. Many drivers
who are in their 40s-50s were taught by their neighbors and
relatives to drive on stray and quiet roads lack attitude to
cope with the traffic environment and the road infrastructure
of today. These drivers not only picked-up the faults in driving
habits of their neighbors and relatives and learned to drive
feeling they were the only persons on the road and the only
persons that mattered. Their attitude to be coming a skilled
driver competent to behave on road could not be easily changed.
It takes time to build up an attitude and you simply cannot
bring attitudinal change in a hurry.
Many AA Driver Training Schools abroad have a course module
on attitude. It's a met cognitive approach which is about
recognizing a reality of risk rather than ignoring itsays
General Manager, Collin Read of New Zealand AA Driver Training.
Looking at the exceptional growth of traffic volumes in Delhi,
we have to re-think before planning our travel time by a car.
It may take more than double the time to make to a destination
as compared to what it may have taken an year ago. We have to
change our mental outlook behind-the-wheel skill. When it comes
to steering, our attitude may be the car's most important safety
feature. We have no doubt to look a long way to pro-mote general