Editorial: Focus on your driving habits

Now that winter is here, it is time to consider road conditions

The holiday season is upon us and it has been snowing. We may be in for a white Christmas, which will make many a toboggan toting kid happy, although drivers will not be so keen.

On the West Coast we don’t necessarily change into our winter tires because the snow usually doesn’t stick around for long. But, you do need a good set of treads in any case.

One thing that we do need to focus on is our driving habits. When there is black ice a four-wheel drive vehicle isn’t going to help you, and speed certainly won’t. Taking your foot off the gas is good insurance if you are not sure of what else to do. Take it easy. When there is snow, driving is different. You need to ensure that you know which way to turn your wheels when you slip and slide and you need to let others know where you’re going by using your signals. Take time to get to your destination and be prepared for delays. Practice patience and tolerance and stay well back of the vehicle in front of you because they may not be as much in control of their vehicle as you are. It’s called defensive driving for a reason.

Speaking of parties, don’t drink and drive. This has been drilled into our brains for a very long time and we need to practice this every time we have a drink. Designate a driver, take a taxi, get a ride with a sober person or just stay where you are. It just isn’t worth the risk.

No one wants to go to a funeral rather than a party.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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