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Stranded in a Vehicle During a Winter Storm

Living in the St. Louis Metro Area planning before heading out onto the highways is a good idea. With a population upwards of 2 million, there are always lots of vehicles on the roads. Add to that the number of those passing through on their way out west, and you can imagine some of the traffic snarls happening on a daily basis. If there should be any sort of inclement weather, the number of accidents multiply on an exponential basis. Given we just passed the first official day of winter, it seems appropriate to think about what to do if you get stranded in your car during a winter storm.

After researching this a bit, it was interesting where I found the best advice. The Weather Channel, and several insurance agencies seemed to provide the most logical ones. Many ideas center around concepts that make sense for being a responsible car owner.

What to do when stranded:

  • Have a survival kit in your car. Create one for the types of situations you could find yourself. It should include extra gloves, water, a flashlight, a blanket, a cell phone charger, and an ice scraper just to name a few items. 
  • Stay inside the vehicle with your seatbelt connected. By staying in place you avoid exposure to the elements, which can put you at risk for hypothermia, frostbite, and getting lost. Your seatbelt is Continue Reading…
Road Safety Act

On November 18, 2008, Premier McGinty’s government through Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation issued a statement regarding new legislation to improve road safety – the Road Safety Act.

Some of the issues of this act are:

  • extension of the graduated licensing system from 2 years to 3 years
  • teen passenger restrictions
  • 30 day, 90 day suspensions
  • return to G1 status
  • zero tolerance blood alcohol
  • zero tolerance on infractions

The new legislation appears to be putting some consequences and restriction in the licensing system. These should have been there from the beginning.

Now we have teens screaming about the violation of their “rights”. Hello people, driving is not a right, it is a privilege and must be earned.

When you look at the stats for collisions, teenage drivers represent a high percentage. This is also evidenced by the premiums insurance companies charge.

So, here is a solution.

Prohibit anyone from obtaining a license until 19 years of age. In Ontario, a person must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol and tobacco. So why not restrict driving licenses until 19? That teen surge of testosterone will have passed; there will be more life experiences under the belt and hopefully better judgment.

Now before a vein pops, yes there are inconsistencies in the law, i.e. anyone over 21 can drive with less than 80 mg of alcohol in the blood. Is this fair? Of course not, but is Continue Reading…