Why do people crash into stationary cars?
We all stereotype people who have accidents, we segregate, give them names such as hoons, yet every day, innocent, “normal” people die, get maimed or are psychologically impaired as a result of simple poor decisions.
This accident started out with the simplest of intent “I just wanted to save the ducks” how did it end up as a fatality?
In simple terms in comes down to our muscle memory, our decision making process and that we have three types of vision and no one is educated in any of these areas as part of their driver licencing preparation. Our eyes see in closed distance ( reading, etc) Peripheral vision and tunnel. Women have fantastic peripheral vision and that is one of the reasons men can’t get away with anything around women. Women have twice the photo receptor cells than males. The majority of male accidents at intersections, are from the side, as males have great tunnel vision and poor peripheral vision. The drivers are never prepared with this information, they relate it back to the Hunter- Gather syndrome.
So what happens when we drive, we actually drive with our eyes, and when our eyes see the next target ahead, that is where they focus. Now comes the clincher, Our brains cannot process speed.
As such, we drive looking to the next point, and our brain doesn’t register if it is stopped, closing, or gaining. it is not until we are on-top of it, the speed and time vs distance recognition comes into play, it is too late.
Then something so simple as stopping to help the ducks, creates a fatality, not because of the act, but because of other drivers not registering that we have stopped.
Keep Christmas Safe this year, Eyes up, always allow for ALL the variables. and make good decisions early