Being Safe on the Road

Marked crosswalk, no stop sign

Image by Colin Purrington via Flickr

In the winter season that we are in the middle of, it is extremely important to remember a few things about the way a car moves.  While it is natural to either go too far to the side of safety, and creep along at half of the speed limit, or to go far too fast and assume that all is well for you until something bad happens, both of these are potentially lethal mistakes to make.  One of the best things to do when the snow and ice start to coat the world is to remember that most things in life should be moderate- not too far to one side or the other.

When you go too slowly, you limit the entire flow of traffic.  While you might not personally get into an accident in this way, it is very irresponsible of you to keep your car rolling like a slow moving slug down the street.  Other people might be in a hurry to actually get somewhere, and they should not be forced to wait on your impression of a parade float.  Just because you are going more slowly does not necessarily mean that you or anybody else will be able to stop much faster on the ice.  And since people tend to tailgate slow movers, you are more likely to get rear ended in this way.

Another thing that you would be well advised not to do is going fast, whether you have a four wheel drive vehicle or not.  After all, just because your car can get better traction when it is accelerating does not mean that it can stop at a faster pace than it normally could.  This is a great way to hit things- it is not your right to kill stop signs and to trample over smaller cars.  This is not a demolition derby, so drive with some more responsibility.

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