Sunday, 18 January 2015

Another Rant by Susan L.

  Or maybe not a rant. I'll try and form it into questions and words of warning.
  It's about drivers who follow too close behind. It's dangerous. Especially at night for both the follower and the followee. The headlights in the rear view mirror partially blind the front driver. I've had drivers whose headlights were so close I couldn't see them in the mirror. That was scary! If a deer jumps out, there's no time to stop. It's been known to happen in rural areas. The deer are out there.
   I've noticed this impatient tail-gating more and more. Which leads to a question: when did we get to be in such a hurry? Most of the time we already speed at least ten klicks above the posted limit if not more. Being pushed from behind to go faster than that is frightening to say the least especially when the roads are long and winding and unlit. There's a lot of those in a rural area, too.
  I've slowed down and pulled over to let these people pass. It's the safest way to deal with the situation. Occasionally, I've flashed my brake lights if there's no safe place to either pull over or pass. That sometimes helps, too.
  I don't know if this behaviour is intentional or simply being distracted. Either way it creates an unsafe situation for both vehicles and their drivers. Toss in a blanket of snow or icy patches and the potential for an accident grows even more.
  We all need to drive according to the conditions of the road. That also means leaving a safe space between vehicles not just at night but in daylight as well. Please, for everyone's sake, slow down. Your job, your family, your life is far too valuable to lose.
  "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near, let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." Is 55:6-7
 
  

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