By: Del Lisk
Every winter, we hear newscasters begin their traffic reports with a statement along the lines of, “Bad weather caused a major pile-up on the highway today….” The reality, however, is that the weather didn't cause the incident–people did. When bad weather hits, we need to adjust our driving for the conditions. Usually, what causes these mishaps are drivers who did not anticipate and adjust properly.
What should you do? Consider these “4 P’s”.
Pace – Slow down when conditions affect visibility or vehicle traction.
Position – Space is an essential element in safe driving. It becomes even more critical when bad weather hits. Increase your following distance to have an “out” when another driver makes a mistake.
Plan ahead – Slowing down to a speed more suitable for the conditions means your journey will take a little longer. Leave a little earlier, or let others know your arrival will be a little later than usual.
Patience – Poor weather often leads to traffic jams and delays. Keep your cool! Don’t let frustration take over and change how you drive.
Use the “4 P’s” to keep you and your passengers safe on the road this holiday season and into the new year!