Driving In Real-Life Versus Video Games

Hi my favorite readers. Something has come to my attention that, I believe, needs discussed. It involves driving in real-life versus video games.

It seems that many young drivers have difficulty deciphering between driving cars while playing a video game or driving a car in real life. So, to make it as easy as possible….Here are some helpful suggestions:

TURN YOUR NECK WHEN MANEUVERING YOUR VEHICLE. You do NOT keep looking straight ahead while pulling into the adjoining lane. You do NOT pull out in traffic without turning your head to EACH SIDE before moving. There will be traffic on both sides of your vehicle and the only way you can see it is BY TURNING YOUR NECK and USING YOUR EYES.

Check your surroundings. Look to be certain no kids or people, small dogs, toys, or other potential hazards are around. You cannot simply turn on a device and start driving at full speed. Safety first. That is not taught in video games.

MORAL OF STORY: Driving in “real life” is NOT like playing a video game, where you can stare straight ahead and not move your neck, head or eyes more than a slight, if any, degree.

Real-life versus video games driving involves more than simply turning your remote device slightly to the left or right while driving your on-screen vehicle in that high-speed chase or race. Real life driving utilizes your mental and physical capacities…that is if you..no, I won’t go there.

Get a grip on life and how things really operate. It is more than moving your joystick and/or thumbs on a device. It INVOLVES YOUR LIFE AND OTHER DRIVERS. You are not the center of the universe. The road is to be shared by all.

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Everyone’s Different, Yet the Same

Hi, my favorite readers! It’s so much fun, and very interesting, to read everyone’s comments and experiences. It makes it so obvious how we all recuperate at different levels, yet are all the same.

For instance, I recently received a comment from someone able to drive within three weeks after their tkr. That’s what happened to me, also. Medical recommendations state that 6 weeks is the average non-driving time period. I can see how that recommended restriction applies to some.

As I have written previously, my tkr was on my left leg. Using my tkr leg as a guidepost, there was no way I could have driven before a solid six weeks post-tkr with either an automatic or manual transmission. My tkr leg was practically straight. In its most extended position, with the greatest amount of leg room, my car seat positioning still wouldn’t give my body enough room to comfortably get seated. Ankle movement was not that hindered, but there was no way I had the strength to lift my leg to brake. My quads were still very weak and painful. Some readers, and patients, probably had no problem with any of this.

Isn’t it interesting how recuperation differs so much, yet is basically the same? Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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No Phone Zone

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with seeing people talking or texting on their cell phone while driving. I do informal surveys and find that it happens in three out of five cars.

When someone tells me that using a cell phone while driving is not a distraction, they obviously have never been in a serious car accident. It does not take much to be distracted. And, all it takes is a split second. Driving is a priviledge and needs to be treated as such. Vehicles are not toys, but lethal weapons. You can be killed or injured for life in one. Wake up.

I am so glad to see that Oprah has started a “No Phone Zone” campaign to put an end to this serious issue. Kindly view this link to make your pledge. If you do not appreciate your own life, kindly appreciate others.

http://www.oprah.com/questionaire/ipledge.html?id=4

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Driving After A Total Knee Replacement

After receiving some requests regarding driving after having my total knee replacement (tkr), I thought a post here would be appropriate…

The literature one is given upon preparing for a tkr recommends not to drive until at least 6 weeks after surgery. I had no choice but to do it sooner, however. See, I needed to go to physical therapy and didn’t want to impose upon anyone for a “lift”. Besides, I like to drive and wanted to experiment – as long as I didn’t cause harm to myself.

Well, I can definitely see how six weeks is an appropriate time frame if the leg you use for the accelerator is the one that had a total knee replacement. For instance, if your bionic knee is on your right leg, you’re going to have difficulty driving. There just won’t be enough flexibility to operate the accelerator, in my opinion.

However, my bionic knee is on my left leg. I could operate the accelerator with no problem.

If my car was clutch-operated, there was no way I could have driven it within six weeks. Maybe after about 4-6 weeks, but even then there would have been extreme discomfort. Hey, driving a clutch might be another good recuperation exercise. 😉

My car has an automatic transmission. There was a problem, though, with the following:

  • Getting in and out of the car. Extreme caution had to be used to prevent any turning of the foot, hitting of the leg, and unnecessary bending of the leg.

  • Seat adjustment. I needed to put my seat back as far as I could to get in and out my vehicle properly. Nine months later, I still need to do this sometimes.

  • Sitting comfortably. This was painful. I needed to elevate my foot to alleviate some of the knee pain.

  • Time involved. It definitely is not a quick process.  I was much slower than the average bear.

There were other areas that caused concern, but the above four were the most noticeable.  No complaints, just stating facts. 🙂 Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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