So Why Are You NOT Keeping a North Carolina Auto Accident and Safety Journal Yet?

November 22, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

In several previous posts, we’ve talked about why and how recent car crash victims can benefit from journaling about their driving experiences. First of all, when you journal about your “near misses,” you derive insights into the causes of your riskiest driving behaviors. Secondly, journaling can provide insights into how you “drive best,” so you can more often experience a “flow state” while driving.  For instance, say your introspection leads you to understand that you concentrate on the road better when you listen to classical music and sip a Double Tall Soy Latte from Starbucks. You can make that ritual a more regular event!

Self-knowledge, in other words, can be a key to helping you drive safer. Writ large, it may also hold the key to reducing rates of car crashes in North Carolina and beyond.

In other words, say we had a national drivers education campaign that focused on getting drivers to journal more often. Perhaps that exercise could help chip away at scary statistics, like the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) assertion that 30,000 to 40,000 Americans die every year on the roads.

So why aren’t you journaling?

Assuming that you buy the argument laid you, why are you not cracking open your moleskin journal right now to tally your latest adventure on the road?

Odds are, you lack a well-framed reason. Perhaps you do, but if you did, you’d be in the minority. Likely, you are justifying the decision not to journal by subconsciously telling yourself “this would take too long; I don’t have time for it; journaling sounds annoying; I doubt it’ll work, anyway, etc.”

Those objections would all be understandable. At best, we’re probably talking about just a slight incremental improvement in safety over the short-term. But when you consider the potential long-term benefits of getting to know yourself as a driver better, balking at this experiment makes less and less sense. At worse, you waste a little time and feel a little silly. At best, you gain powerful insights into your own driving behavior and thus substantially reduce your lifetime risk of an accident.

So it may be worth your while to reconsider your resistance not only to journaling but also to finding legal help with respect to your accident.

The team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo is standing by to help you if/when you have questions about your potential case.

 
 

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