Don’t Be Late.
Personally, I really dislike being late. In some circles, it’s considered late if you’re on time. Being early is being on time for some organizations. What are your thoughts on this? In many activities or actions, once you’re late you’ve lost the opportunity to do the right thing. Looking ahead can help to stop us from becoming late. It kind of follows the rule of hindsight. Can we learn anything from hindsight?
They often say that hindsight is 20-20 vision. I’m not exactly sure who “they” are, but that particular saying does have some merit to it. If we knew what was going to happen before we did it, we would most likely change what we did. Not surprisingly, many times we do know what was going to happen before the action. Doing certain things behind the wheel can often cause a negative result, but we can’t take it back once we do something. We can’t say “just kidding” and all will be good. And if you think bad things happen just to other people, you couldn’t be more wrong. They can happen to you before you know it.
Thinking ahead and anticipating the outcome is, in a way, learning from hindsight. We know what could happen, we can picture in our minds what could happen, so we decide to do something different. Now, if this makes sense to you, why would you drive impaired by alcohol when there is a high chance you could be charged with impaired driving, crash your vehicle, become injured, or injure someone else, or worse?
After any of those repercussions happen, you can’t go back in time. You wish you could, but you can’t. You can’t be late with making solid decisions because hindsight isn’t going to bail you out of trouble this time. I would say in most cases, you knew there was a chance of negative repercussions, but you decided to continue along the path you were heading toward. There are a lot of safer and easier paths you can go toward after consuming alcohol. Paths that can help you safely and legally get home. We can use the help of others to make that happen. Help from Not Your Child Corp & http://www.notyourchild.com/driversafety for example.
They understand exactly what you’re going through after consuming alcohol. They know you may want to take what appears to be the easy way out, but they have your back. They know that what you think is the easy way out is really the tough way out. They offer single-use breathalyzers and individual breathalyzers to help you make good decisions. They are easy to use and they provide very accurate results very quickly. Quickly enough that will help you make the right decision early enough about whether you should be driving or not.
Keeping the breathalyzers with you each time when you are out socializing and consuming alcohol can help you make earlier and safer choices. Make it the new normal. You can’t afford to be late with making good decisions. Too many lives are at stake, including yours.
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.