Driving on UAE’s busy streets takes the motorists’ full attention and awareness.
“Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns. In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding. More broadly, it is the state or quality of being aware of something. In biological psychology, awareness is defined as a human’s or an animal’s perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awareness).
In this topic we want to give tips & tricks with regards to how important it is to drive aware, including the physical fitness and overall alertness. Drivers/riders must be physically in the position to see and hear clearly, be able to process various types of information quickly and to act quickly and decisively.
- To put us in the right physical condition to drive safely, an active life-style certainly helps – for example by practicing multiple times per week: walking, cycling, swimming, or similar.
- Make sure you have your eye sight checked regularly. Improper sight can of course contribute to misjudgment which is one of the leading causes of accidents in the UAE. Besides this, poor eye sight can also be a major cause of a general unwell being, like headaches and a quick loss of concentration.
Length of Trip:
- During trips, our alertness and agility is linked to on the time element, meaning: the longer we are behind the wheel, the more we must pay attention to the state of our physical condition.
During the trip:
- Seating position:
- Make sure you sit in a comfortable position
- Adjust your seat accordingly
- Make sure you reach the pedals and all switches with ease
- You must be able to see all mirrors with ease
- Stretching and circulation:
- Take breaks and:
- Stretch your legs, calfs, arms, back and neck muscles
- Get your circulation going and walk a few steps, swing your arms and legs
- Choice of food :
- This can strongly impact your ability to concentrate and focus:
- Avoid: Fatty, heavy and sugary foods, Junk food, Big portions
- Focus on: Light foods, fruit and vegetables, Healthy snacks, Drink ample of water, Small portions
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