Severe Weather Driving-Managing the Risk

February 14, 2017
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According to the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration there are, on average, over 5,870,000 vehicle crashes each year. Twenty-three percent of these crashes, or approximately 1,312,000 are weather-related.  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data ten-year averages from 2002 to 2012, show that on average, 6,250 people are killed and more than 480,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.  In addition 961,000 property damage crashes occur during adverse weather conditions.

Each winter, accident investigation experts provide detailed scientific explanations of how and why these crashes occur.  Each year that information is published and broadcast - and yet the crashes and related fatalities continue to occur.  Perhaps part of the problem is that most people get lost in the “physics” of the explanations.  

As winter storms continue throughout parts of the United States, we must remember that our family members, friends and neighbors are at increased risk. Why? Because very often they fail to effectively manage the risk associated with severe weather driving.  So how can we possibly manage the risk of weather related crashes?  The answer is simple. Don’t drive in adverse conditions. 

You hear people say, “Drive safely” as they watch someone depart during severe weather.  They don’t realize that safety is a result, the result of having successfully managed risk. Driving in severe weather conditions is not a good way to effectively manage the risk. There are too many factors for which you have no control, and you cannot manage what you cannot control.

The challenge to each of us during the next severe weather event is to ask ourselves, our family members and friends - do we really need to drive? If we are completely honest with ourselves, the majority of the time the answer to that question will be a resounding “no”.  Eliminate the risk - don’t drive unless you absolutely have to – and hang in there, only 26 days left until spring!

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