How To Drive: Quickly & Safely
Channel your Jedi Master observation and use your vision to create a 360-degree rolling map of the environment: the dog on the lead, the car speeding towards a side road, tiny feet visible behind a parked car, a sharp curve ahead…
It all builds a picture in your mind of hazards and who is likely to create one that you need to avoid. Trust and develop your gut feeling. Interpret the information coming in by ignoring the irrelevant and prioritizing the key hazards and road features along your path. The monkey smoking a pipe wearing pink pyjamas in the back of that Mercedes as you approach a traffic light, however fascinating, is less relevant than the lights turning red.
Use your imagination to predict the paths and intentions of everyone and everything in sight. By projecting potential scenarios onto the scene, and creatively considering what might be around the corner, you won’t be surprised by the guy picking his nose on the wrong side of the road.
Does the scenario you encounter actually require you to do something? If so, formulate an appropriate plan of action. Nothing too fancy. Calmly deploy a reasonable response while maintaining oversight of the bigger picture as it evolves with you. And continue to cycle the information stages every step of the way.
Listen to the sound of the engine, the chirp of a tyre, the protest of a gear change, and the sound of children breaking up from school and spilling onto the pavement. It all indicates a parent in a rush.
With your hands, feel the weight of the steering, how much it’s turning and responding, looking for any telltale vibration from a loose wheel or underinflated tyre.
Hear what your backside is telling you: this precision instrument has guided me through more situations that I can remember. The more elegantly you balance the car and feel it hug the road, the more eloquently your rump will squeak, I mean speak, to you.