Monday, January 27th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 1/27/2014 9:12:00 AM

Lousy drivers

It's not very often that I am out driving on the highways when the weather is bad but I had occasion to on Saturday morning, driving to visit family in Niagara Falls.

Generally the speaking the farther I got away from downtown, the worse the highway became.   I happen to be one who has winter tires on his vehicle so it was no big deal as long as you weren't being stupid.  Unfortunately it was a white-knuckle ride all the way there because of other motorists.  The many who didn't bother putting on winter tires.  What stunned me most was the number of drivers who are absolutely clueless when it comes to driving in snow.  What irked me most were the drivers who continued following in close formation as though it were a typical summer day.   People tend to follow too close as it is, let alone when you are on slippery roads.  No wonder we seem to have so many multi-vehicle crashes these days.  I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs...back off your morons.  Give yourself lots of extra room.   Then of course we have those people who get into the left lane driving slower than motorists in the other lanes and too afraid to change lanes. 

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is going to have to step up its game.  We need more overhead signs that are very specific about how far back motorists should be.  Maybe even a suggested driving speed based on conditions at the time and I’ve harped about this before....the OPP must start really nailing drivers who impede traffic flow in the passing lane because the lack of enforcement has created a situation where motorists pass on the left and on the right and the centre lane or lanes become the slow lanes.  There's no reason for this.

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  1. dama posted on 01/27/2014 05:38 PM
    That's my observation too..slow driver occupying the fast lane and
    drivers behind overtaking to the right and then move back to the fast lane;
    and that is the norm now even in summer driving...

    Tsk tsk .
  2. Lin S posted on 01/28/2014 04:40 AM
    With this winter off ice and snow do you not think it is about time to legislate the use of winter tires? Or possibly a rebate for purchase? I have contacted MPP's but no one
    wants this hot potato.
    Might even lower car insurance.....
    1. dama posted on 01/28/2014 03:12 PM
      @Lin S Can you look back into the days when there is no traction control, ABS
      or modern safety features on the car and yet everyone was able to drive
      through the winter.

      Then came the All season tire and everyone was and still is using it.. progress to SNOW tire and now ALL WINTER tire that you can use for the whole year.

      Mandatory Snow tire like in Quebec is good but at a high cost;generally tires are too expensive in Canada compared to the USA, and I dont trust the insurance will give you a rebate.. thats the last thing insurance company will do..

      Drive slow and STOP tailgating, brake early and brake before the turn
      look high and far, listen to NEWSTALK 1010 so you wouldnt get too stress out.. ..
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