Advanced Winter Driving

| November 01, 2001

Advanced winter driving is about risk avoidance rather than risk management. It is the simple idea that more guys ought to stop sooner than they do in bad conditions, and they ought to wait longer to get back on. Only when risk is truly unavoidable is risk management brought into play, times when you know you should hang iron and times when getting the correct information might make risk avoidance the best option. Perhaps tire chains are an extreme example of risk management, but using them when necessary, as when you are caught between stops and the roads deteriorate quickly, is a safety behavior comparable to the decision to stay put in that it is arguably the safest behavior given the circumstances. Having accurate information about road conditions can give a driver the edge in knowing what those circumstances are. An Internet connection, if available, can provide up-to-the-minute weather info for any part of the country.

To choose the safest behavior in any circumstance is really the only sensible way to do the job. It does not hurt to remember Evans’ credo: “The superior driver uses superior judgment to avoid using his superior skills.”

Advanced Winter Driving

| November 01, 2001

Advanced winter driving is about risk avoidance rather than risk management. It is the simple idea that more guys ought to stop sooner than they do in bad conditions, and they ought to wait longer to get back on. Only when risk is truly unavoidable is risk management brought into play, times when you know you should hang iron and times when getting the correct information might make risk avoidance the best option. Perhaps tire chains are an extreme example of risk management, but using them when necessary, as when you are caught between stops and the roads deteriorate quickly, is a safety behavior comparable to the decision to stay put in that it is arguably the safest behavior given the circumstances. Having accurate information about road conditions can give a driver the edge in knowing what those circumstances are. An Internet connection, if available, can provide up-to-the-minute weather info for any part of the country.

To choose the safest behavior in any circumstance is really the only sensible way to do the job. It does not hurt to remember Evans’ credo: “The superior driver uses superior judgment to avoid using his superior skills.”

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