The Positive Imperative is all about accentuating the positive, educating on the neutrals and diminishing the negatives and neutrals. Driving is also all about that. This will be the launch of the fourth of PI’s educational programs (Posithanks – Posiwords – Posivalues are the first three), to once again illustrate the danger of the Neutral and Negativity when it comes to one of the most common interactions in our world….. driving. In May 2010 the United Nations created a declaration by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a Global Effort to end distracted driving. 1.2 Million die on the roads each year and another 50 million are injured. It’s the leading cause of death in young people. Distracted driving joins careless driving, road rage for the majority of road accidents.
This has nothing to do with save driving and everything to do with safe driving. So now that we gave you a mental whip lash…. why do we say that. Safe driving is an absolute part of Posidriving however it’s not the complete focus but it is a by-product. Simply put we don’t want you to first think about it in the context of safe driving because you already have a totally preconceived notion about what save driving means, and have left the notion a long time ago, that you need anything to do with the simple positive principles taught in drivers ed. You’re way too good and experienced driver to need any of that information…. but are you?
On the other hand, it’s got everything to do with safe driving because that’s what Posidrivers do and Posidriving is all about. So what’s the deal?
Four parts of the Positive Imperative Posidriving Program.
1. The knowing – doing gap.
People know what to do, they simply don’t know why they’re not doing it. While it’s another Positive Imperative topic that will come soon, the idea covers the notion that we know we should signal each and every time we change lanes, turn a corner etc. but quite often many of us don’t do that, or don’t do another positive habit like looking in our blind spot because we think we’re totally aware of all possible cars in the vicinity….. oh but of course we are quite often mistaken.
2. Ego….. Ego Ego Ego….I’m right, you’re wrong!
Ego is the part of our mind that somehow rationalizes it’s way to any and all actions we do…. we’re in a hurry, and our time is more important than others.
~ We are very competent drivers so the idea of not talking on your cell phone applies to challenged drivers, not us.
~We are just as capable as a Race Car driver and speed and stopping distance is something we have mastered and therefore are JUSTIFIED by our benevolent EGO into crossing these safety limits on a regular basis.
~We know that a one car distance should be in between us and the car in front of us for every ten mph. of speed, but nobody else is doing it, and besides….. people would just keep cutting in on my if I leave the proper space. The last one is one of my faves because I owned it for such a long time.
~On four lane highways in heavy traffic in the left passing lane we try and follow correct driving habits like allowing space between us and the following car and close the gap when someone tries to pass us on the right and cut in front of us. Right wrong driving dictates that we’re right and not going to let the driving with the wrong habit get away with it and cut in front of us so we speed up. Unfortunately this can cause road rage.
3. Courtesey Driving
Safe driving is not always been assimilated as Courteous Driving. You can be a safe driver and follow the manual to a tee, but it doesn’t mean you have to let that guy get into traffic who’s been sitting there for a long time. Sure many of the better safe driving schools will stress courtesy as a part of their curriculum but most don’t.
This is what we’re adding to driving that most people have not really thought of. In brief 1. The PosNegNeut Dynamic All actions are divided into Positive Neutral and 2.THE POSIRATIO which simply states Positives take 10 times the effort, negative do ten times and neutrals do 3 to five times the damage in a continued negative ripple effect. 3. The Positive Imperative! Which states you are responsible for contributing to the positive and you are either a part of the solution or the problem. For the complete explanation go here.
MAKING SOME OBSERVATIONS AS WE DEFINE THE ISSUES
As you drive a long a busy highway or main street you can likely count the negative habits or infractions by the minute…. following to close, not signalling lane changes, changing lanes and encroaching on another drivers space, driving too slow and not moving over and the list goes on. Many times we condition ourselves as to what is acceptable. For example in Ontario one of the busiest highways in North America is Hwy 401, and the average speed is 120K/H, despite the posting of 100K/H and everyone knows that you will almost never get a ticket at that speed.
Negative and rude driving will often be the source of road rage. No one can be certain what number of rude driving acts or simple ignoring will be the one to set off a driver when they meet yet another aggressive driver. It’s only common sense to believe that a number of kind driving acts will set the scales for balance and lessen the chance of a person going off the deep end. Accepting these bad habits starts a negative ripple effect, like following too close in heavy traffic. One can often see ten or more cars all flying along at anywhere between 120K and 140K with little more than a car length in between. We have now accepted the fact that ten to twelve car lengths is simply unacceptable and a waste of time to try as all the cars behind you would simply go around you and fill in the space.
Courteous driving is about the obvious, which is simply not engaging in negative driving practices, but also letting in drivers and practicing all the safe driving habits like proper distance between vehicles and letting pedestrians get across the street with out encroaching on their space. We all know that positive and courteous driving is challenging in rush hours of our urban cities, however that’s when it’s needed most.
What we are missing however is the publicity and promotion of both posidriving, and posidrivers. If we once again look at the Posiratio…… we’ll need a lot of posidrivers promoting positive driving to negate the few negative drivers and the many neutral drivers.
WHAT ARE THE POSIBILITIES?
If we look at just one city like Toronto Ontario where over 600 road rage deaths are related in the greater metro area (GTA) each year. What if we were to create a city wide campaign on Posidriving twice a year. Involve all the stake holders, police, fire, ambulance, road associations CAA/AAA, Insurance companies, courier companies and media and do an all out blitz twice a year. What if we included Social Media Campaigns with song contest on You Tube and Facebook?
What if after that year the road rage fitalities were reduced by 20% or more? That would be 120 Lives. If that campaign were successful what if we did it in cities like Miami and Boston, both high on the list of road rage cities in the US. What if…?
This is where the conversation begins……..
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