You may have never learned to play the drums. However, speaking as someone who spent many an hour in the high school music block, bashing away on the beaten up ‘beginner’ kit over a couple of years of lunchtimes, I can confirm that even though each limb is tasked with doing something different, there’s a pattern to it. Eventually, muscle memory sets in. You can even have a conversation or think about your French homework while playing drums. It becomes second nature.
Driving is nowhere near as rhythmic or as fun as keeping a beat to your favourite tunes. But it’s similar in the respect or moving your limbs in a limited number of planned out motions. And that’s why driving a car will become a thoughtless task, as easy to you as walking along on a sunny day or rolling over in bed while sleeping.
Today, we’re going to look at how to improve your concentration when driving, because we could all use pointers every now and then, and because the last thing you want to be looking up is how big your fine might be for getting the basics wrong while driving. For example, do you know what to do if caught performing an improper lane change manoeuvre? Thought not (although for the sake of a full answer, you can visit this Long Island improper lane change lawyer).
Let’s get to it, and learn how each of us could improve our concentration when driving.
Don’t trust coffee, it wears off with a crash
Coffee – or any stimulant, for that matter – is often seen as a cure for a late night and a lack of early morning motivation. To an extent, this is correct. The caffeine will indeed provide you with something of an eye-opening kick. However, coffee wears off, and the grogginess you will experience in the ‘come down’ could lead to serious issues with concentration.
De-stress before you turn on the engine
You may not believe this. But many people wake up earlier than they need to, in order to meditate. I know. How other people live is sometimes bizarre at first glance. But they might be onto something. Stress causes lapses in concentration. A clear mind paves the way for clear thought processes and actions. If you suffer from road rage, perhaps learning to beat stress by adopting concentration exercises should be a part of your day.
Heavy diets full of fat will weigh on the digestive tract, cause discomfort, and in turn, bother the mind. Eating light regular meals will improve concentration behind the wheel.
In conclusion, mindfulness and diet are everything. There is no corner cutting when it comes to boosting concentration!