A quick look outside will tell you we’re beginning to be engaged by the onslaught of winter.
For here in the Okanagan, that so far has meant rain, lots of it, and a few precursors for the snow likely to come.
And darkness. Late into the morning and earlier in the afternoon.
It’s a dangerous time of year. For motorists, and especially for pedestrians.
Statistics from ICBC show almost a third of pedestrian collisions involving injuries or fatalities occur in November, December and January.
A little common sense would go a long way to reducing those numbers.
Like wearing bright clothing, ideally with a reflective strip or two, so motorists can distinguish you through the gloom.
That would be ideal for the jaywalkers who routinely choose to ignore the intersections and run across Highway 33 or Harvey Avenue
Motorists peering into the darkness through rain-slicked windshields are already coping with a lot, faded and swamped lane markings, the glare from oncoming headlights; the last thing they’re ready for is a dark figure bolting from the shadows across their path.
When walking along the shoulder, where there are no sidewalks, face oncoming traffic. That way motorists can at least see your face, and you will be able to see what’s coming.
Drivers can also do their part to improve safety during these dark, rainy months. Ensure your windshield wipers are doing their job.
When driving in difficult conditions use the low beams, as the high beams will just reflect the rain or fog, actually making it harder to see.
Check your tire tread.
Worn tires will take longer to stop, and are more likely to hydroplane.
Most importantly, slow down and drive according to the conditions.