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Focus your brain on the road

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Awareness of a danger empowers you to make choices to eliminate, or at least significantly reduce, risk of harm.

Consider an obscured cliff edge on a hiking trail.

If a warning sign makes you aware of it, you can choose to stay away and completely eliminate the risk of falling to your death. Or you can make the informed choice to get close to enhance your view.

Aware of the danger, you can choose to reduce risk by taking extra care. You might hold onto a tree or get down on your belly and inch yourself closer.

The same goes for driving dangers.

Most driving dangers, such as alcohol impairment, are obvious.

Some eliminate the risk they pose to themselves and others by choosing to have zero alcohol in their system when behind the wheel.

Many choose to reduce, rather than eliminate, the risk by keeping within the legal limits. Those making that choice hopefully choose also to compensate for their mild impairment by paying an even higher level of attention to the road.

Another obvious danger is taking your eyes off the road.

A road hazard could occur while your eyes are elsewhere. By the time your eyes get back on the road, it might be too late to react.

When we choose to look away, whether it’s to........

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