If I could give all of you one gift this holiday season, it would be a year’s worth of safe driving.
For those of us here in British Columbia, that would mean more than one driver a day would not die, 81 people would not be injured, and 69 property damage collisions would not occur. Imagine that.
For those of you who think they have not been affected by a collision in the past year, consider about 80 per cent of what you paid to ICBC to insure your vehicle. This is the amount in your premium that ICBC used to pay for death, injury and damage. Wouldn’t an 80-per-cent reduction in our vehicle insurance costs be a nice gift also?
If I could wish for one gift in return, it would be that everyone take a moment and consider that they are not the only driver on the highway. Grant courtesy to other drivers, even when they don’t deserve it. If we were as courteous to other drivers as we are when face-to-face, I daresay that many of the situations that we find ourselves in while driving would not occur.
Thank you to all who share and read this column and take the time to respond to it with comments both positive and negative. You provide the ideas and incentive that keep me writing and learning. On behalf of my family, I wish a safe holiday season to you and your family.
For more information on this topic, visit www.drivesmartbc.ca. Questions or comments are welcome by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Schewe is a retired RCMP constable with years of traffic law enforcement experience.