Driving has changed a lot over the years. We take a look at the top distractions when learning to drive and how to handle them as a new driver.
The distractions involved with driving in modern society are immense. This was not the case 30 years ago when I learned to drive.
There was no such thing as air bags, ABS brakes, Navigational aids, in car entertainment systems or any other high tech gadgets that can be found in the modern car.
Learning to drive and technology today
But is all this technology really helping us or distracting us from the job at hand?
If Elon Musk had his way, all cars would be electric and fully automated, thus protecting the planet from harmful CO2 gases and protecting us from ourselves.
Driving now (as opposed to 30 years ago) is a highly complex task. This is made even harder when you consider that the government refuses to accept that education and ongoing training are the only way to train people in a proactive way, to stay alive on the roads. All government funding in this area goes towards finding new technologies to protect us so that we no longer have to think.
The real issue at hand
The real issue is that technologies are expanding at such a rapid rate but our brains are not. We as a society rely on technology to tell us how many steps we take in any given period. We can monitor our own heartbeat, diagnose our own medical problems, operate any number of remote control devices from our phone but we are almost incapable of thinking for ourselves. Unfortunately (for now anyway) we still need to rely heavily on our own cognitive conditioning that comes from practice and persistence when it involves learning to drive a motor vehicle.
We have smart phones, smart watches, smart televisions and even smart houses but we are getting dumber by the day. We live in a society that relies on being entertained at every given moment and the car companies give us more and more of it in every new model car that they release.
What we are forgetting however is that we still need to guide a one tonne hunk of metal, moving at a mile a minute, using nothing but our own faculties, whilst dealing with all the distractions and gizmos that your moving entertainment system provides.
The here and now of driving
Driving in a proactive manner is not something that is achieved by connecting to an app on your phone. It is not a skill that can be learned from some website and it cannot be achieved by listening to and learning all the statistics. It needs to be practiced with persistence, hard work and dedication. Anything worth having is worth working for and you would think that your life would be at the top of that list.
Driving can be an enjoyable endeavour or it can be as scary as hell. You get to choose. But I can tell you now, if you go about it in the right way and learn all the proactive skills and techniques required to remain safe at all times; it will definitely be an enjoyable experience rather than a frustrating and arduous task.
We don’t drive the same way we used to so stop teaching old techniques.