Each week I try to make the Tips practical, helpful and useful for your daily life. I want them to benefit your business life, your family life, and your personal life. This one is important for your safety.
Years ago I met a gentleman who was a former racecar driver. He said that when he was actually racing cars, one of the first things he was taught by older, more experienced drivers was never to look at an accident. Doing that, even for a split second, would often cause another accident. He said he learned to practice this same habit off the race-track as well and make it a daily habit as he drove around town. Whenever he came upon an accident, he would force himself to keep his eyes on the road and what was taking place immediately in front of him rather than looking at the mishap. He said it took self-discipline, but that the benefits were enormous.
I am sure you have, at times, let your eyes wander off the road to see someone who has just had a wreck. It is a normal, natural thing to do. And of course, all of us should be aware of anyone who may actually need our help. However, that is not what I am talking about in this particular Tip. What I am saying is that when an accident occurs in which you are not involved, the best thing you can do is to keep your eyes on the road right in front of you and keep moving. It is a rare occurrence that you would actually have to stop and make someone else’s accident part of your own business.
We have all heard the term “rubber-neckers.” These are people who slow down traffic in order to see what is going on. Actually they create a greater hardship for everyone else, as well as increasing the chance for other accidents to occur. If you will notice, you will often see that wherever there is one accident, very nearby there is another one. It is usually because a driver took their eyes off of where they were going and suddenly hit someone else.
The insurance forms and paperwork generated by such mishaps often require an incredible amount of time, effort and energy as well. It is all so unnecessary!
The way to avoid all this is to simply mind your own business and focus on the road in front of you. I understand this may be difficult to do, but if you train yourself to concentrate on what you are doing, and realize that there is actually very little that you can do in this situation, you will be much better off.
I cannot count the number of times I have saved myself a lot of headaches just by keeping my eyes on the road and moving along when an accident has occurred. You will do the same if you will make this practice a daily part of your driving routine.
Tip: Never look at a wreck!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm