LETTER: It’s not the road – it’s the people driving on it

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Re: Better signage wanted on dangerous Gillespie Road (Letters, Oct. 19)

I’m tried of people complaining about dangerous roads. It’s not the road that is dangerous, it’s the people driving it and the way they drive. There are certain laws in physics that work hand in hand. When it comes to driving the most important ones you need to consider are friction and inertia. If you don’t know what they are, you can look it up on the internet.

For instance, you drive on a dry road under best conditions doing the speed limit, friction and inertia are well balanced. Now you add rain or ice into the mix it becomes a totally different animal. Rain is obvious, you can see it right away. If you have to scrape you windshield in the morning, chances are pretty good that there might be ice on the road somewhere along the way.

Under those conditions, you’ll lose a lot of friction and that changes the balance. Look at it from the point of an equation and the result is, that what you lose on friction goes straight towards inertia and your ability to stop in time. All the gizmos and gadgets (stability control, ABS, all wheel drive) that are nowadays more or less standard in modern vehicles still can not defy the laws of physics.

There are of course other factors that play an important role: the conditions your tires are in, what kind of tires are on your rims, your suspension and many more.

Sorry to sound like your high school teacher, but really? It’s not the road, it’s the people driving it and how they drive it. Thousands of people drive those roads daily without a problem, even when the road is wet or icy. So quit complaining about the road, obey the rules of physics and everybody will be just fine.

Stefan Nowak

East Sooke

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

GVPL staggers reopening of three more branches in Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria

More Greater Victoria Library branches to reopen in August

Gaps in the system: Youth cope with homelessness in Greater Victoria

Four-part series will look at youth homelessness in the region

Museum asks British Columbians for COVID-19 nature observations

Royal BC Museum collects information as part of ongoing pandemic project

Oak Bay pool to reopen Aug. 17

Swimming, other activities return this month

Rolling the dice on the patina of old copper

At the Galleries: Summer days continue

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Most Read