Did you circle check your car for the work commute? Is your car even safe to drive?
The Major corridor shut down for another 10 hours and they figure another 5 million dollars in lost revenue, the traffic is backed up for 20 miles. People are phoning in,” I’ll be late again.” Lost time, money, gas from all those polluting, idling cars. Another major accident on the” Highway to Hell” in Ontario.
Then you hear the real bad news of fatalities. That’s the worst thing you want to here. All those people and their families! My heart goes out to these people. The anguish these folks are going through. Nobody gives it a second thought, but all accidents happen in the blink of an eye.
This article is sad on its own, but with all the measuring and calculating that the officers do, they have to answer the WHY question. Someone will get blamed, but whom? Road conditions, human factor mechanical problems, that always plays into the equation.
The vehicle that started this set of catastrophic events, maybe, just couldn’t see through his windshield, (out of washer fluid), or wiper blades, ” I never saw this fellas’ brake lights.
Could it be that that simple?
In Canada, we have the best-maintained highways in the world, but we can’t control the weather conditions. But as a car owner, we can control the safety and roadworthy conditions of our vehicles and that’s where it all STARTS.
It would be impossible to prove, after the carnage of a 10 car pileup, that it was due to lights. Or, my wiper blades should have been changed. ha … next time. They’re still good for another day.”
I have never heard that an accident was blamed on poor wiper blades, out of washer fluid. but its possible something so simple? How would you prove that “accident” was caused by ignorance, or something so stupid?
Could it be THAT SIMPLE
Poor tires, washer fluid, wiper blades, defroster not working, dirty glass, tail lights dirty and a list of other badly maintained sections of a vehicle, and it list goes on. …. All Preventable.
But you can’t fix stupid. I had a friend that explained himself this way,”I’m naturally a lazy person” so his lights would be the last thing he would look at. Reason being, …. “I’ll have to fix them If I knew they were out! “ … You can’t fix stupid.
The car manufacturers produce 165,000 new cars a day. Only a fraction of these cars ends up at a boneyard. So it’s scary to see all these extra cars on the road daily with uncaring people in them for drivers.
Today I only spotted 5 cars with lights out, 1 transit bus, 1 small commuter bus with seniors in them, 1 big truck, and cars. It’s not hard to spot a vehicle with lights out unless you’re blind. Could all these poorly maintained cars/trucks have anything to do with all the major accidents? Can it all be blamed on stupid, lazy, ignorant people? (Am I being too harsh on the words?) MAYBE, But what a waste of human life over possible a set of wiper blades!
There was a Police Officer following me the other day when there was an epidemic of lights out. He passed all these cars as I did and he did not turn around and check these cars out for infractions. He wasn’t going on a call, he had no reason to pull me over, and didn’t. For all that time that he followed me, he didn’t stop anybody.
He was just too busy going someplace, I guess. Or maybe it’s just not their job anymore, but it is on a public highway. Eh! These are not “ACCIDENTS! “ They are criminal acts.
Where do we start looking for the cause of these accidents, does it start with poorly maintained vehicles? ….
I think YES.
Truck drivers/ commercial vehicle have to do a circle check every 24 hours, (pre-trip inspection) they look for major or minor infractions. The minor they report to their superiors and the major they park the vehicle.
Cars and light trucks do not have a mandatory circle check but should have. But you are in Luck because I have made up a pre-inspection sheet for cars.
And it won’t take you long and it might save your or somebody else’s life by doing so.
“Just my opinion”.