Its arrival marks the unofficial start of summer weather. It’s the gardener’s weekend to plant and finalize their greens. It’s also a renowned bad weekend for spectacular car crashes. As we were reminded as recently as last week, our road in and out of Sooke is bad enough on a regular day. It can get gruelling on a long weekend.
To help you arrive safely where-ever you are going this weekend, I’ll draw on some of my wisdom acquired in the decade that I taught motorcycle safety a thousand years ago when I was younger.
Here are my top 12 recommendations.
- Remember that no matter what, you can not go any faster than the vehicle ahead of you. Ever. Passive-aggressive messaging (aka tailgating) only gets the sender angrier; the intended recipient might not even notice!
- If the car behind you doesn’t have that same bit of wisdom, increase your own safety buffer — which is to say, increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- [sam id=”5″ codes=”true”]If you are that vehicle with 20 plus irate drivers behind you, it is OK to pull over where it is safe and legal to do so, to let the swarm hurry on up with their frantic rush.
- If you’re following a motorcyclist, increase your following distance.
- If you ARE a motorcyclist, increase your following distance.
- If you’re passing a cyclist, wait until it is safe to do so, and always give a wide berth.
- If you are travelling on two-wheels, dress brightly; if you are driving on four or more, drive brightly.
- Leave 15 minutes earlier.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Buckle up.
- Put the cell phone in the trunk. Really.
- Park the judgement, and arrive happier. I guarantee you will see some creative manoeuvres on the roads this weekend, and instead of getting caught up in their crazy, just remember to park your own brain in the “sane” mode, and just get back to enjoying your trip.
Happy Victoria Day weekend!
– Britt Santowski
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