I’m going to break from the norm today and talk about something entirely different. While it still has implications to helping us evolve our movement, it has nothing to do with climbing or sports. What do I want to talk about? People’s blind spots when they’re driving.
Now, this isn’t going to be some non-sensical rant about how I got cut off on the highway. I’m talking about changing our perception of how we use our mirrors. Most people, when they look in their side view mirrors, end up seeing half their car, if not more. Why do you need to see the side of your car when you’re driving? It’s not going anywhere.
Instead, if you were to turn your mirrors out a little further so you no longer saw any part of your car, you would eliminate your blindspot entirely. That’s right, gone. No more craning your neck to see what’s beside you, no more close calls because you forgot to look. Now, a simple glance at your mirrors will tell you everything that is going on around you.
As a car leaves your rear view mirror, it will be in your side view mirror. As it leaves your side view mirror, it will be directly beside you where you can see it without having to turn your head. This is how you evolve your driving.
Usually, people get a bit freaked out when they try this because not seeing their car isn’t what they’re used to. Just as with any change, adaptation takes a little bit of time to get used to. Once you are used to this new way of driving, it will be hard going back to looking over your shoulder.
“What about when you’re backing up? How do I know where my car is in relation to whatever object I don’t want to hit?” Fair question, and it deserves a fair answer. Because you spend less time backing up then you do driving forward (at least I hope this is the case), a simple lean 2 inches to the left or right will bring the side of your car back into view, allowing you to parallel park like a champ.
Try it next time you’re out driving. Tilt your mirrors out a bit more and watch your blind spots disappear.
Sugar. It comes many different forms, but it’s effects on the body can be devastating. When you eat something that’s loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. The reward system in your brain is activated, and it’s very similar to how our bodies process addictive substances such as nicotine and alcohol. An overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
Check out the following video by Nicole Avena on how sugar affects the brain.