Road conditions don’t cause crashes. People do. The statement may sound glib or trite, but oftentimes the most powerful truth is the simplest. How many times have you heard someone say they rear-ended the car ahead because they hit a patch of black ice? Or the blinding winter sunreflecting off the road caused them to drive into the ditch?During the winter, it’s easy to blame vehicular collisions onsnow, ice and poor visibility. Rarely do drivers point the fingerat themselves. Yet, the truth is, no matter how skilled driversare, winter or summer, road safety depends largely on theirdriving attitude. “A lot of people don’t think they are partof the problem. They like to blame it on the other guy or theweather,” says Sharon Richards of Alberta Motor AssociationDriver Education.
Safe drivers understand driving is not a solo activity and thatthey share the road with others. Those with a risky attitude intentionally speed, repeatedly violate traffic rules and drive with exaggerated self-confidence. Drivers’ attitudes, says Richards, changefrom day to day, or even from trip to trip. “You are only as good adriver as you are at that time,” she says. Every time you get behindthe wheel, you choose what kind of driver you want to be.
The first step to safer driving is getting in the right state ofmind to make the right decisions on the road.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a driving offence more commonor serious than tailgating. Based on 2009 Alberta Transportation statistics, the number one driving error contributing tocrashes that result in death or serious injury is following tooclosely. Drivers failing to keep a safe following distance cause