Driver's Education Chapter 14: Effects of Driver Condition


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Driver's Education Chapter 14: Effects of Driver Condition

  1. 1. Chapter 14: Effects of Driver Condition By Ted Barrett and Kate Hallenborg
  2. 2. 14.1 Emotions and Driving • Emotions affect the way you think and act, and can therefore affect the way you drive • They can change the way you make decisions when driving and can affect the safety of yourself and other drivers.
  3. 3. Mental Effects of Emotions • Strong emotions such as anger and sadness can conflict with your ability to think and reason • This can cause you to make rash decisions while on the road and have poor judgment • You may focus on one thing and ignore others, causing you to miss important information
  4. 4. Physical Effects of Emotions • Physical effects include faster heartbeat, faster breathing, muscle tightening, and slowed digestion • Emotional stress can make you tired and can long-term give you diseases such as heart disease • Situations such as traffic can cause stress.
  5. 5. Anger While Driving • Anger is the most common driving emotion. • A driver may get angry when another driver makes a bad driving decision • Large amounts of anger can result in aggressive actions, collectively known as “road rage”. • If anger continues, you may be way less careful tp://
  6. 6. Other Emotions While Driving • Other emotions include sorrow, depression, and anxiety • These can lower alertness and slow you down • Anxiety usually leads to confusion and decreased mental alertness • Happiness can also prevent complete focus on driving
  7. 7. Emotions and IPDE • Emotions can interfere with IPDE by slowing down time to make decisions • Emotions may cause you to make quick, thoughtless decisions
  8. 8. Passengers and Emotions • When driving, the driver must be the leader and not be influenced by peer pressure • As a passenger, do not distract the driver, discourage the driver from having reckless behavior, and compliment the driver if he or she is doing a good job
  9. 9. Effects on Risk Taking • Emotions have a huge influence on how you take risks • Responsible drivers don’t let emotions control how they act • Depending on your situation, you may be more willing to take risks
  10. 10. Controlling Emotion • Use IPDE process to drive • Anticipate stressful situations • Yield to aggressive drivers • Adjust route to avoid traffic • If you are tired, take extra care in handling emotions • Learn from your mistakes • Remember to be a courteous driver