If there’s one thing you learn from driving on the highway before the snow plows can complete their tasks during the harshest winter in years, it’s this: People are not smart drivers.
Either that or they’re ignorant, thinking their studded tires will save them from anything. Drivers were observed last week during a particularly early time of day tailgating with blinding high beams, speeding as if it were summer through horrible storms and swerving around working snowplows as though they were simply chunks of ice.
Could it be that the theory of risk compensation is happening? That’s the theory that suggests people become less careful if they feel more protected — studded tires lead to faster driving, helmets mean kids do handstands on their skateboards or a bigger oxygen tank makes a diver stay underwater longer.
Regardless of what is happening out there, if you tailgate a snowplow you shouldn’t be driving in winter. If you’re going 120 km/hr in a blinding snowstorm, as was estimated last week in one instance, you need to turn in your licence right now, because even if you don’t care about hurting yourself, you’re endangering the rest of us.
It’s mind boggling to think that the police reportedly handed out speeding tickets last week during some of the worse weather seen in years. The officers themselves are scratching their heads.
Weather has been the number 1 news story of the past two weeks; what we’re all dealing with is bad enough. We all take our lives in our hands under the best of conditions while driving, so can we just breath for a minute and remind ourselves that nothing is worth dying or killing someone over.
Let’s stop the maniacal behaviour and start watching out for one another.