Drive Your Drive - not someone else's
Some of the best advice I know of is to "drive your drive." That means that no matter what others are doing, you have to drive in a manner that you know is appropriate for weather, road and vehicle conditions.
There are lots of followers among us, and it's not hard to follow one another right into trouble. Resist the temptation to play "follow the leader" and drive according to your skill and experience, and the handling characteristics of your vehicle.
Your life and the lives of others depend on you doing what you believe is the right thing to do, so don't be concerned about how others are driving, just drive your drive.
A true story will illustrate this concept.
Once on a business trip with an associate, we ran into fog on the main highway. My associate was driving and wouldn't slow down, claiming that trucks and others were going fast so we should too.
The problem was that the fog was variable, sometimes allowing good sight distance, and sometimes becoming very thick.
I insisted that we drive at a speed that would allow us to see something in the road in time to stop. Either that, or pull over and let me out. We slowed down to a reasonable speed for conditions and traveled on about another 20 minutes before being stopped by the scene of a large accident.
The accident involved many vehicles and resulted in one death of an adolescent passenger. Multiple trucks were involved.
I often wonder if we had continued to over-drive our sight distance, whether we might have been involved in that accident. It's worth considering because it shows that many parties were evidently following along with each other in terms of excessive speed for conditions.
Many individuals paid a dear price that day. We did not. Did I save our lives that day? I'd like to think so.
My advice to my associate was simple - drive your drive - and let others drive their drive.
We can't let the behavior of others influence what we know is the right thing to do. To be certain, trucks were passing us considerably faster than we were traveling, but truck drivers sit up much higher, and many of the drivers have a tremendous amount of experience in all kinds of weather conditions. Others are inexperienced and foolish with their lives, their cargo and the lives of others.
Regardless of what the truth may be about the experience of the other drivers, it's your responsibility to drive your drive and let them drive as they see fit.
I'm sick and tired of hearing the news blame fog, rain and ice for vehicle accidents. I've never been hurt by fog, rain or ice in my backyard or anywhere else. Have you?
Accidents are caused by careless, reckless, inexperienced, poorly trained and thoughtless drivers who refuse to do the right thing when weather and road conditions change.
Drive your drive and stay alive.
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