How reliable are you?
There really are things in our lives that we need to be reliable. It helps to give us peace of mind within our daily lives. We tend to rely on family, close friends and our co-workers to get us through tough times or even the daily grind. It’s really something that’s expected within our society. Nothing is really said of what’s expected. It’s like having a good teammate. You know they will be where they are supposed to be, doing what is expected of them when you need them most. Sound familiar?
But what does reliability really mean? By definition, reliability consists of an individual or other object which may be counted on to do what is expected of them or it. As an example, a reliable employee is someone who is always punctual for work and is prepared to complete their work in a timely fashion. A reliable worker is someone who does what they says they will do.
We need reliability in our lives. Whether its people or objects. We need our vehicle to be reliable each time we need it and use it, and we need to be reliable in order to operate it safely and smoothly. We need to rely on our ability to read the traffic patterns, to adjust to what we see. Considering not all drivers on the road pay attention to what they’re doing, we need to be on top of our game each time we drive. We need to avoid taking any chances which put us at risk of a collision, which may injure us, our passengers or other road users.
What stops us as individuals from being reliable drivers? Sometimes our mood distracts us from focusing behind the wheel. Whether we’re happy, sad, angry or tired, these emotions take our driving thoughts away and make us unreliable behind the wheel. Oh yeah, another problem which stops us from being reliable drivers happens if you’ve been drinking. Alcohol impairment affects your decision-making, reaction time, coordination and judgment. This begins after one alcoholic drink, so imagine how it would affect you after 3 or 4 drinks. Getting into your vehicle to drive after too much to drink makes you an unreliable driver.
So, how can you remain reliable to get yourself and family home after a social night out? There are many reliable solutions, and one thing we can all rely on are the individual breathalyzers from Not Your Child Corp. They can easily be used at any time you’re out drinking and socializing with family and friends to know if you should be driving or not. Using the technology to inform you when you need to take alternative means to get home is a smart move.
Being reliable enables you to live with greater confidence and having a clear conscience with each of your decisions. When you’re able to keep your promises of being a reliable and safe driver, it releases you from the regrets you may have by driving while impaired by alcohol. Using an individual breathalyzer from Not Your Child Corp allows that to happen. A reliable person knows they can count on themself and the tools made available to them, and that enables them to keep their confidence and self-respect.
Scott Marshall has spent over 30 years promoting road safety in many jurisdictions. He has been a road safety journalist since 2005. Scott was also an on-air judge on the Discovery Network’s Canada’s Worst Driver during their first 3 seasons on the air. Not YourChildCorp. is proud to have Scott @Safedriver as a frequent contributor, his insights are irreplaceable.