Originally posted on November 5, 2020 @ 6:20 am
It can feel very stagnant sitting in one place too long. That’s why people travel. That’s why people take vacations. That’s why you get in your car and head out onto the open road. However, just because you’ve decided you want to take a break and travel somewhere new, that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be obstacles in your way. And these obstacles can be physical, they can be mental, or they can be abstract.
Think through a few of the ways that obstacles can create a hitch in your next vacation plans. If you’re traveling on highways, literal obstacles can be the big trucks on the road. Another impediment in more abstract terms would be inclement weather. If you’ve ever driven through snowstorms or torrential rain, then you know the pain involved.
And lastly, an obstacle to the enjoyment of your vacation would be sleepy or distracted driving. You should never text and drive, and you should never drive when you’re tired. Those two conditions make it impossible to drive defensively and watch out for other people on the road.
The Big Trucks
There are always going to be big trucks on highways. Companies are always sending huge amounts of supplies back and forth crisscrossing the country. Because of this, you have to be particularly aware of big trucks on the road. If you’ve ever seen an accident with an 18-wheeler, then you know just how dynamic and tragic they can be. Those drivers are on the road for a long time, and they have a lot of weight behind them. Because of this, give them particular deference on the highways.
The Worst Weather Conditions
Traveling through inclement weather conditions can be a disastrous experience. If you’re not used to driving in the snow, it can be anxiety-inducing on every level of your human awareness. You might think it’s fun to take a vacation to somewhere that you can ski. But driving through the snow and ice to get there can be one of the worst things that you’ve ever experienced. Talk about an obstacle!
Sleepy and Distracted Driving
Two of the biggest problems on the road right now for drivers are distracted driving and sleepy driving. Texting and driving causes more accidents than drunk driving these days. People are so attached to their phones that they think that they can look down and respond to text messages without creating a danger on the road. This is a severe misconception. That’s why if at all possible, you should turn your phone off while driving, or at least have it so that no notifications come while you are traveling faster than a certain speed.