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February 3, 2017

Driving habits

My Driving habits and How I change it: Your driving may provide a microcosm of your lifestyle. I want to write on my driving habits, as this was the major challenge or development in my life. I started driving on the main streets at a very early age of 12 years at my home town- Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – India. I had the worst driving habits ever, I was taught to drive in an aggressive manner, speeding, tailgating, cutting people off, always pushing and hurrying as per the requirements of the traffic. I wanted to obey traffic laws but I did not. It made me more aggressive and short tempered. Crossing through long traffic signals and driving style made me worse day by day. This eventually had terrible effects on my personal life; I did not have peace and was in stressed most of the time.

My friends enjoyed because as it was thrilling, but my parents and wife were worried every movement of the danger involved if I ran into someone or hit by someone. My drive was never relaxing to me or to the people who traveled along with me. I felt something simple could be done to solve the problem. This was unacceptable to me. I even changed the model of my vehicles so that I would change my habit of driving. The only rule I was taught when driving, I need to watch for the front two corners of my car. Control the front two corners and watch out for what happens in front. Anything that happens behind is someone else’s problem. Eye contact with the driver on the other side is more important than traffic lights. Traffic rules in India are very rarely followed. Road safety in not given any importance. Most of our driving License is issued to anyone who can use the clutch and the accelerator, even the Indian motor driving schools teach the same way. Most Indian drivers do not know the concepts of defensive driving. It is believed that poor law enforcement of Indian traffic rules and regulations causes chaos on Indian roads.

Usually, driving in India will require you to share the road with Cows, elephants, heavy trucks, buses, official cars, camels, light trucks, buffalo, jeeps, ox-carts, private cars, motorcycles, scooters, auto-rickshaws, pigs, pedal rickshaws, goats, bicycles (goods-carrying), handcarts, bicycles (passenger-carrying), dogs and last the pedestrians. Traffic in Indian gigantic cities is always very noisy. Driving is rather dangerous, particularly in India’s cities. It is difficult to control the number of accidents on the roads, as many motorists do not obey any traffic laws. All wheeled vehicles shall be driven in accordance with the maxim, to slow is to falter, to brake is to fail, to stop is defeat.

This is the Indian drivers’ mantra. Every day, driving here in the united states teaches me a lot, a totally different experience, freedom from stress and anxiety. My state of mind towards driving has been changed. I started liking the calm and serene driving style I have adopted during these few months. Driving through these vast landscapes and some old country roads, I started to enjoy my driving and nature around me. The approach to my driving habits is changed and enables to be responsible for the opposite person on the road rather than having fun and taking my life into risk.

My drive habits are changed, I will look weird in India, but would be recognized sooner or later that I learned the best way to driving from the United States during my seminary education. I believe day by day, I am getting used to this kind of driving methodology which is more safe and protected. Few months of training made me a totally new person both mentally and spiritually.

Tomorrow, when I go back to India, people with whom I grew up and the locality will recognize the change in me when I drive back in the Indian roads with a sense of responsibility and concern for others. I shared my learning to a couple of friends in India about the new changing in my life, especially my driving habits what I am following as a compulsory rule and regulation of the traffic requirements.

My wife and parents was very happy to hear about the changes took place in my life. Both my parents are relaxed and do not worry about my driving any more. And especially when people start to see the change in me through certain areas of my life, it really impacts. I start to record my changes day in and out so that my spiritual walk with the Lord has made an overall impact on me. My new change in driving will really impact every aspect of my life in India. 

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