The Five Safe Driving Habits Also Apply to Everyday Living

capiture of a ups driver making a delivery

A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

The Smith Safe Driving program  operates on 5 key principles, established in 1952 by Harold Smith it operates on the principle that most collisions are preventable if the correct driving habits are learned and practiced consistently. 

Having driven for United Parcel Service for over twenty seven years without a chargeable accident, I have discovered the five principles of safe driving apply to life as well.

Aim High In Steering

Look at least 15 seconds into your future, not just at the vehicle in front of you.

Get the Big Picture

Look for hazards.  (Other Motorists, Pedestrians, Vehicle doors opening, etc.)

Keep Your Eyes Moving

Don’t stare.  Use your peripheral vision.  Stop the fixed habit stare.

Leave Yourself an Out

Monitor the space cushion around you.

Make Sure They See You

Use your signals.  (Directionals, 4-way Flashers, Head Lights, Brake Lights, Horn, Hand Signals.)  Make eye contact.

There are many similarities between driving safely on the highways and byways of life, and navigating the roads of our own journey through life.  After all , that is what life is all about, it is a spiritual journey we all take in one form or another to reach a desired destination.

Life is all about finding our way through the labyrinth of passages and possible paths we can take as we learn valuable life lessons along the way. Life is all about finding our way back to our source and the valuable lessons we learn in the process.

During my previous life as  a professional truck driver, we had certain rules and driving habits to adhere to,  by following these basic principles we could lead a life time of accident free driving which would  enable us to live to a ripe old age. If we didn’t follow the rules, it would certainly lead to a hazardous journey and even possible death at an early age.

I have found these same rules can apply to life and either lead to a happy well rounded life or one filled with disaster at every turn.

The five rules of safe driving are thus explained:


  1. Aim High in Steering

 The first principle, aim high in steering, means to  look as far down the road as possible to uncover important traffic information so as to make appropriate driving decisions. One should look ahead to where your vehicle will be in 12-15 seconds.

Applied to life this would imply we should plan as far ahead down the road of life as possible so we can try to comprehend what problems we may encounter and prepare for them by garnering as much security in our life as possible. Not only financially, but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally as well.

None of us knows what lies ahead in our life, but preparing as much as we can for any hardship, we will be better prepared when disaster does strike than we would be if we had done nothing. 

Into all life some rain must fall, by carrying the proper umbrella, the downpour will be much less.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,


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