Why are thousands of drivers and passengers killed each year in vehicle crashes?
First and foremost it’s because they aren’t engaged in the game and they’re not in it to win. Driving is as much a “sport” as football, baseball, hockey or soccer. The field, arena or court where the sport of driving takes place is our roads and highways and the net, goal posts or home base is our destination. Like all sports the object is to win and in driving, winning is arriving alive without causing harm to yourself, your passengers, other drivers or any vehicles.
We view driving as a pass time.
The problem in this country is we don’t view driving seriously enough and we certainly don’t see it as a sport. Most drivers don’t see it in any type of competitive manner and therefore they don’t prepare for it or realize the value in perfecting their performance or driving abilities. The truth is, most drivers spend more time planning what they’ll do at their destination than how they will safely get there. If you’re not willing to view driving as a serious sport, please park your vehicle and take the bus!
I’m very serious when I say please take the bus.
Who wants to watch a football, baseball, volleyball or basketball game where one of the players is drunk? Who would root for a team or player who, in the middle of a play stops to send or read a text? Who would pay to see a sporting event where the game is constantly interrupted by players being penalized for not obeying the rules or where the majority of the players are not playing to win? There would be no World Series or Super Bowls if these athletes played like most people drive.
It is time for all drivers to change the way they think about driving and begin viewing their driving activities as a competitive sport. The moment your vehicle is “in motion” it requires the same attention and focus as when the “ball” is in play during a sports event. You will never see a quarterback in a football game glancing around at the fans before making a pass. You will not see an outfielder checking his cell phone when a batter is at the plate and you will not see a Goalie skating around his net when the puck is flying around the ice.
I am the only good driver on the road
Stop thinking you are the only “good” driver on the road because if you’re not viewing driving in the same manner as a professional athlete playing a sport, you’re disconnected from the game and you’re not in it to win. When you don’t view driving as a full-fledged professional sport, you have no strategy, no plan, no goal and therefore no business being “on the field”. In reality, you are an untrained novice trying to play in the big leagues, potentially causing harm to the game, the players and yourself.
By the same token, athletes recognize the value and purpose of the equipment required in their sport. You won’t find a football player entering the field with only one shoulder pad. You won’t find a hockey player entering the ice with dull skates and you won’t see a basketball player with his shoes untied. Yet, thousands of drivers enter the road with worn tires, defective or worn out brakes and warning lights flashing on their dash telling them there is a mechanical issue that needs attention. These drivers are not in the game to win, they are simply spectators who have wandered onto the field and interrupted the game.
However, if you begin viewing driving as a competitive sport where the goal is to arrive alive every time without causing harm to anyone or anything, you will immediately see the value in placing a higher focus on what you do behind the wheel. You will begin planning your drives to meet the goal of arriving alive and you will begin driving that plan with the intention of “winning.” When you have that goal and a plan to successfully achieve that goal, you will drive with an intense focus on safety and you will have a greater respect for life and the dangers that exist in the sport of driving.