It is a day like any other day.
You are driving home from work as you replay the events of the day through your mind. Your body is on autopilot as you maneuver your car though traffic.
You are an experienced driver. The act of driving has become an almost unconsciousness act for you.
You come up to a stop light.
As you sit there, you relive a difficult situation you had at work earlier today. At the same time, you are unconsciously keeping track of whether or not the light is red or green.
As soon as the light turns green, you hit the accelerator while still lost in thought. You begin moving forward.
A driver coming from your right has decided to try to hurry and get through the yellow light. He did not make the yellow light and he is not slowing down. He thinks you see him and will wait until he passes.
He is wrong.
You are in a terrible auto accident. You are severely injured.
You could have avoided this.
You can train yourself to check certain things in certain situations. This will insure that you dramatically reduce the possibility of having a car crash.
Had you paused to check left and right first before going, you might still be unscathed.
There are other times where driving on autopilot can end badly as well.
Trucks are one example. They have poorer visibility than cars and make wide right turns. They can end up clipping you if you get between them and the curb.
When you are changing lanes, forgetting to check your blind spot can wake you up fast if someone is hiding in it.
When you are in a parking lot about to back out of your spot, just looking left and right is not enough. Check directly behind you as well. Pedestrians could be passing by behind you and can be hard to see.
Staying awake at the wheel can help you reduce accidents they are still going to happen. Be sure to have a good auto accident attorney. If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, Barry Zlotowicz for a free consultation at 312-848-9783 or 877-LAW-4312.