Wow! It’s January 5th already and I haven’t even done the final 2017 blog!
I do hope everyone had a safe holiday period. It was tragic to see so many die on our roads last year and 12 over the holiday period was too many. We must realise that for everyone who dies on the road, many more are injured, often severely, maybe making them a cripple for the rest of their lives.
I was one of those back in 2010 when I crashed my van on the way to work, 12th May that year. It was a low-speed accident, only 45km/h! I slipped on a patch of oil and to avoid oncoming traffic, I spun the van around, crashing into the high curb and rolling onto its side. I shattered my L1 vertebrae and my spine collapsed 32 Degrees, almost severing the spinal cord. The result is one of the longest fusions they have done, from L3 – T11, a bone graft and a permanent disability making standing and walking difficult and painful.
But I was lucky, I was wearing my seatbelt and my Toyota Estima was one of the strongest vans on the road, noted for its ability to absorb accident forces. Sadly, the fire service had to cut the roof off it to get me out.
My point here? People underestimate the forces in an accident, and how quickly accidents can happen. PLEASE drive to the conditions and don’t be in such a rush to get to your destination. A second’s inattention, a glance away at the wrong time, and you are across the white line or in the gravel on the verge. Getting angry (road rage) will only raise your blood pressure and lead to rash decisions. Relax, take your passing opportunities safely as they arise, and realise you are not the only one who has a right to be on the road.
There was a gravestone that read, “Here lies the body of William Grey, who died maintaining his right of way. He was right, dead right, as he sped along, but now he’s just as dead as if he’d been dead wrong.” Accidents ruin your day, and can ruin your life and the lives of your loved ones. Make avoiding them your number one priority when you are on the road.