As many drivers will be taking some time to themselves over the coming weeks, now is the perfect time to take to the roads and treat our beloved cars to an opportunity to stretch their proverbial legs and enjoy a change of scenery aside from the usual commute to work and back. A chance for you to open up and test your driving skills while enjoying the feeling of peace, tranquility and mindfulness that comes to many drivers when behind the wheel. Every season brings with it new opportunities, gratifications and challenges for drivers and winter is no exception. Like any other season, the winter is a mixed bag. Hence, here we look at some of the best and the worst things about driving in the winter…
Best: Gorgeous scenery
The winter has a funny way of bringing out the beauty in our surroundings while also masking the imperfections that are laid bare in the summer months. Even something as quotidian as a meadow or forest looks romantic and picturesque when coated in snow and frost. Driving in an air-conditioned car with a heated seat and steering wheel, or cruising on a motorbike, warm in your leathers while the rising sun casts a pink hue on your snow-capped surroundings… it really doesn’t get much better than that!
Worse- Other drivers
As much as you trust in your own driving capabilities, you know that you always have to be wary of others. And the winter has a way of bringing out the worst in other drivers from soaring instances of drunk and distracted driving to the hurried negligence of truck drivers who may see you need to call some seasoned truck accident attorneys before the year is out if you’re not careful. Even if you’re a heavily seasoned driver, it can’t hurt to brush up on your winter driving or riding safety tips.
Best- The challenge
For drivers hoping for an opportunity to test their skill, winter offers a plethora of challenge. Of course, that challenge is also offset by risk, so it’s important to drive safely and ensure that you car is winter ready and has appropriate tires. However, potentially busy roads, icy conditions and unpredictable weather all provide a backdrop against which a veteran driver can test their skills.
Worst- getting stuck in traffic
While drivers should guard against recklessness, part of the fun of getting out in your car over the winter is the opportunity to enjoy the exhilaration of driving at high speeds. To feel the therapeutic freedom that comes from being on the open road… Unfortunately, with so many other drivers on the road around this time of year, you’ll need to plan your route carefully and meticulously to avoid the influx of traffic. Nobody wants to spend their day off in nose-to-nose traffic.
The winter brings with it a host of cool things for a driver to enjoy and challenges that a skilled driver with mastery of their vehicle can overcome. But it can also bring increased hazards, risks and inconvenienced. Be smart, be safe and have fun behind the wheel!