You’re driving down the road when all of a sudden you realize something is wrong. It happened to me recently, and it could happen to you. That’s why I would like to remind you to drive in silence, at least for a little while.
Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing the music pumping as I drive down the road.
I’ve even been known to sing along to my favorite tunes. Over the past few years, however, I have learned to turn the music down and just focus on my driving, for several different reasons. Here are some of them:
1. It slows you down and gives you a chance to think. You drive to work with the music pumping. You get to work and deal with, well, work all day long. Then you rush home to spend time with your family, music blaring again. All this going just keeps you going. Take a few minutes, at least, to unwind, decompose, and settle down. You may even find yourself a little less infuriated when that jerk cuts you off.
2. Something may be wrong with that car.
You may be able to hear a problem with the vehicle before it becomes a big problem. I was recently driving in silence and was able to tell that my tires sounded off. Wouldn’t you know it, the next morning I came out to a completely flat tire. Not surprised because I heard it, I was ready to deal with it and had it fixed by the end of the day. Turn down the music once in a while so you can hear problems before they become problems.
3. It’s good to work on single tasking. Believe it or not, hands-free cell phone use still requires some other part of your brain that isn’t focused on the road. Well the same goes for listening to the radio. Turn down the music, look around and observe. What do you see? What do you smell, hear, and feel? It’s good to get in tune with yourself and what is around you, at least once in a while. This can keep you grounded, more relaxed, and focused when it becomes necessary to single task again.
4. Emergency personnel are on the way.
We’ve all see them, and perhaps been them. That person who has no idea there is a scene right behind them. We’re too busy with whatever we are doing and we can’t hear the blaring of sirens behind us. Just don’t be that person. If you or your family needed that ambulance, you wouldn’t want it stuck behind some person who’s not paying attention. Be one with the world and know what’s around you.
Hopefully, you can incorporate this advice, if even a little, to improve your life or someone else’s. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll hear music coming from the car next to you once in a while (if you happen to be driving next to me), but you’ll usually hear nothing. Live well, people!
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