‘Tis the Season to be Jolly
By Chantal Ballantyne, Published December 2012 in SNAP Magazine
Oh December, the month when days are short, roads are snowy and your mood is expected to
be light and cheery. There are gifts to buy, people to visit, feasts to make and family to
entertain. It is a joyous time that can often feel overwhelming and a bit insane. Try not to let
the insanity affect your driving.
Driving after dusk
The “shortest” day of the year occurs in December, which means much of your driving this month will be in the dark and often in the snow.
Take your time
Allow yourself extra time to get to your destinations by leaving earlier and being patient when the weather is bad. When driving with reduced visibility or traction, slow down and keep extra space in front of you. When you need to brake, brake early and gently. Take extra precautions when the roads might be icy, especially in treacherous areas such as the stretch on the 400 near Highway 88. Winter only lasts a few months; take the time to drive safely.
Parking lots( Remain merry)
Whether you like it or not, a few of your errands this month will land you in a chaotic parking
lot. Whether you are at the mall or doing groceries, drive slowly to keep everyone safe. Scan
under and through vehicles for pedestrians, watch for drivers backing out of parking spots and
always be ready to stop. Mostly, remember to be patient and keep things merry by being
considerate, even when you can’t find a parking spot.
Between the extra road trips and running around, December is an exhausting month; make
sure you are fit for the drive. Fatigue decreases your awareness and can be as impairing as
alcohol. Before getting into your car (especially after a big turkey dinner), make sure you feel
alert and of course sober. The OPP festive R.I.D.E. campaign is in full force again this year and
we can all do our part to make the roads safer by choosing not to drive if we’ve been drinking.
Need some gift ideas? DriveWise is getting into the spirit of giving by offering safe driving
specials this month. Our SafeStart and Test Ready Christmas Gift Packages are now available.
Have a fantastic holiday season with your family and friends and Happy New Year!