With winter finally here, and with that I mean snow, vehicle accidents will surely be on the rise.
According to local law enforcement, as of Tuesday, over 10 reported wrecks have occurred in Cynthiana and Harrison County this month.
Aside from contributing factors related to the beginning of the year such as rushing to company New Year’s Eve parties, one factor seems to have spiked the sudden number of wrecks... snow.
In a perfect world, there would be no tornadoes that demolish a town or hurricanes that cause flash flooding that nearly wipeout whole communities; and when it snows, the gentle white, frosty flakes would fall ONLY in yards, giving the appearance of a white wonderland.
That being said, this world is far from perfect and snow-covered roads are just something that all Kentucky drivers must learn to cope with during the wintery season.
When I say, “learn to cope,” I mean it in a way that all drivers that ever pull onto a road covered in snow should know by now that driving conditions should change once inclement weather sets in.
I have never understood how someone can drive down an ice covered road like it was the first day of spring or pass someone like they were competing in the Daytona 500.
I love to drive fast. I have two citations to prove it, however, I was taught and learned before entering a vehicle by myself for the first time that you are not only responsible for your own safety but the safety of others around you.
According to a safe driving study, the top three causes of wrecks during inclement weather are caused by not paying attention, following too closely or tailgating and driving too fast for weather conditions.
The first one, not paying attention, goes without saying. Snow does not have to be up to your knees before this tip comes into play.
Regardless of what the weather conditions are an alert driver is much safer than one that is in La La Land with their favorite movie star.
When roads are covered with snow, drivers should be more cautious than ever to ensure their safety and other drivers safety.
Second, we have the tailgaters and those who feel it is safe to have only two feet between the car in front of them.
A helpful hint to those who drive close enough to count the number of hairs of the driver in front of them, there is something called reaction time.
During normal driving conditions it is suggested that each car should drive three seconds of distance behind the vehicle in front of them and when snow is on the roads the space should be doubled.
That being said, I think it is safe to assume that putting a little extra space in between cars on snow-covered roads only increases the likelihood of fewer rear-end accidents.
Finally, there is the issue of driving too fast for road conditions.
Seriously, does anyone have somewhere to be that is so important that they feel the need to drive like it is the final lap of a car race?
There simply is no need for it and I am calling out anyone that does it... You’re selfish when you drive and put others in danger.
That all being said, I hope that the winter months continue to be good to us all and not bring record breaking amounts of snow and ice.
Hopefully, the next time it snows, drivers will be a little more cautious when entering their vehicle and take into consideration the lives of everyone on the road.