September 29, 2020

By ALEXANDRIA DEER

Winter has arrived and so have the bad drivers.

It happens every winter. You think the majority of drivers on the road are bad until the first heavy snowfall, and then their driving gets even worse.

Suddenly it’s as if they have forgotten everything they learned when they received their licences and you start to wonder why they were ever allowed on the road in the first place.

I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but we live in Canada; it snows. Most drivers act as if they’ve never seen the white, fluffy stuff before.

There are the people who drive unnecessarily cautiously, going a maximum of 30 km/h in a designated 80 km zone.

Then there are the people who completely disregard the weather conditions and drive like mad men spinning through the streets and winding up in a ditch.

The Ministry of Transportation’s website, www.mto.gov.on.ca, states that there are three things you need to know about driving in winter. Stay alert, slow down and stay in control.

Those are good, sensible rules to remember when driving in winter, the problem is people should keep those in mind when driving year-round.

Eating, using a cellphone and driving while sleepy are just a few of drivers’ risky behaviours.

I don’t expect all of you to be perfect drivers like me. I’m simply saying use your brain when you buckle your belt.