Obeying the literal interpretation of everyday laws is important and necessary to operate a vehicle safely and responsibly. Thousands are killed each year due to traffic wreck related accidents, and some can be prevented by simply being educated and acting responsibly.
Side impact collisions account for approximately 30% of all fatalities. When a driver fails to stop completely at stop signs, it reduces his or her ability to effectively scan for other traffic before proceeding. Also, thoroughly stopping and scanning prior to resumption of travel can negate another driver’s negligence or inattention.
Yield signs directly relate to the “right of way” laws, which are generally misunderstood by the average driver. Basically, the right of way is granted to no one. The law only states who must yield the right of way and in what instances it must be yielded. As such, a yield sign is a direction to the driver that he or she must yield the right of way to other drivers.
Applying simple driver courtesy can provide a much more relaxed commute and also serves to ease the flow of traffic by reducing the number of conflicts and collisions. Keep a good attitude while operating a motor vehicle.
It is essential when driving to have this good attitude. DTA’s incorporate the psychological Attitude States of Parent, Adult, and Child into the driving task becomes an important tool in ensuring that we remain in a “state” wherein we can make logical, rational, low-risk decisions under stress about issues which may confront us while driving.
If you become angry about another driver’s actions and develop a subsequent desire to “get back” at the other driver for his/her “bad” driving, you are endangering not only the other driver, but yourself as well.
The increasingly common phenomenon known as road rage directly relates to angry confrontations that result from anger over the driving of others. Road rage and the actions surrounding it kill human beings each year.
By using your adult psychological attitude, it can lead to a reduction in stress and anger and decrease the likeliness of a collision caused by taking unnecessary risks while pursuing the unattainable goal of “punishing” the other driver.