A car's best safety features will not keep you completely safe until we change our behavior

While there are many factors that can contribute to crash and fatalities, human error is the constant variable in the majority of crashes.  One day fully automated cars that drive us will become a reality.  Until that time, our own driving behaviors will continue to factor into mitigating the risk.  

We know there are always risks when driving a motor vehicle.  Some we can't control but must be anticipated, such as weather, road conditions, and the actions of other drivers.  And then there are the risks we create from our own behavior and habits, such as texting, eating, speeding, grooming ... and the list goes on (many we've already discssed in prior weeks.)  


Safe driving begins with behavior, but can we really change our driving behaviors?

 

Yes, but only if we want to. 

 

The major obstacle to change is the willpower and  a genuine desire to change something.  Quite often that desire can be influenced by knowledge and skills, social motivation and ability, and structural motivation and ability. This week we're bringing you some tips and tools to identify, commit and change those dangerous behaviors.

Think about your driving behaviors

Take a moment to think about what you do when you're behind the wheel of a car.  Do you have habits or display behaviors that could put you and others in danger?  Think about it.  Really think about it.  Does anything need to change?  Click the link below to complete a quick exercise that can help you evaluate the consequences of your current behavior and the benefits of change.

Understand the importance and what's at risk

Before real change can happen, we need to know and understand the facts and their underlying factors. Click the link below to learn more including the most common dangerous driving behaviors, how they impact your safety, and the four pillars of behavior analytics.

Old habits - if you don't kick them they will kick you

Improving and maintaining good behaviors and attitudes to driving are key components to enhancing the safety of our roads. Here are some tools that can help you strenghten your driving skills and possibly help you earn some financial incentives.

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