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Brain and concentration exercises can make you a better driver

Do you want to become a better, safer driver? The key may lie in what you do at your desk today. You can actually train your brain in ways that help you when you get behind the wheel.

The problem is that we live in an "era of multitasking." We think we can do many things at once and do them all well. With the pressures on us from work and school, we often feel like we have to do multiple things at once just to get everything done.

That's why people try to eat breakfast while driving to work or send a text message while coasting down the interstate. They feel like driving is wasted time and they want to use it to get something else done -- rather than concentrating on driving.

We need to retrain our brains. We need to get better at focusing on one task and doing it very well. We need to learn how to concentrate without getting distracted.

That's what you can do at your desk, in your living room or anywhere that you choose. Pick a task -- reading a book, writing in a journal, reading the news -- and focus on it 100 percent. Set a time limit if you want. Ignore everything else and try to keep your mind on that one job.

It's harder than it sounds. However, over time, you can work on your brain so that concentration comes easier. This will, in turn, make you a safer driver because you can focus on the road.

Of course, being safe yourself doesn't mean that someone else won't hit you. If you get injured, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your expenses and damages.

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