Today, I am just so sorry that Matt did not know to get off the brakes and steer into the ditch. In retrospect, it seems like such an incredibly simple thing that could have saved them both easily. What a crying, crying, crying shame.
I post today the other last pictures I have of Stefan. It shows how I had to chase him for a decent picture, as he was just making faces at me.
Also, there are Andrea and Thomas this January. They've been such a big help.
I should be in bed.
How much insurance you pay or the fact that you've never filed a claim does not mean you are a good driver. It just means you've been lucky. The only way to determine that you are a safe, cautious and skilled winter driver is to have yourself assessed by a licensed and accredited winter driving instructor.
What concerns me as a driving safety advocate is how many parents are sending their young drivers out onto the road not ensuring they have the skills and the maturity needed to handle adverse weather conditions, even if the car itself is equipped for the road by its design, tires or size. Ice is ice. Slush is slush and traction is not something that is guaranteed regardless of what you drive, how old you are, or how long you have been driving. Driving in winter does not compare to dry, summer conditions.
Many people feel 17 *is too young* to drive. I disagree. It is young enough to make bad decisions due to a lack of guidance and experience. But that can be corrected. I was 19 when I first got my licence but I didn't drive in my first real snowstorm until I was 22. But I was prepared, as the year before, I had taken winter driving lessons with Young Drivers of Canada. I was in a small Ford Zx2 sports car with no winter tires on my way back from Montreal in the great big snowstorm of 1999 (the one where the mayor of Toronto called in the army). It took me eight hours and I got home in one piece and so did my three passengers. That day, four people were killed in crashes on the 401 during the same time I was driving. Two of the victims were in SUVs.
Take some lessons. It doesn't cost as much as you think and you'll be surprised at what you learn. And at what you didn't know.
The following schools offer winter driving courses:
Accent Driving School
Winter School $295 by CarControl