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EDITORIAL: Drive safe

The snow started to fall just after our print deadline for this week's Airdrie City View. By the time our reporters awoke for our print production day on Nov.
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The Nov. 1 and 2 snowfall meant Rocky View County was looking like a winter wonderland last week, with white snow blanketing the streets and trees. 

But the snow brought carnage on the streets, as motorists slipped and slid in the icy conditions. Unprepared for the realities of winter driving, many found themselves in ditches, or in unfortunate collisions with their fellow drivers. 

In at least one case, the treacherous driving conditions last week proved tragic. On the late morning of Nov. 1, a Crossfield resident perished after a collision between an SUV and a commercial vehicle north of Airdrie. Our newsroom offers the family of the deceased motorist our sincere condolences.

Out west, two occupants of another SUV were hospitalized after a collision with a commercial vehicle on Highway 1, west of Cochrane.

The recent snowfall and motor vehicle collisions reinforce the importance of driving carefully in wintry conditions. 

Given how warm much of October was, it's highly likely many motorists had not swapped out their summer and winter tires yet before Nov. 1. But it's crucial to get those on your vehicle, if you haven't done so already.

If you're driving in a snowy blizzard, make sure to follow some key safety protocols. Use a safe following distance, don't slam on the brakes, and abide by posted speed limits. If you're approaching a hill, accelerate slowly and maintain a steady speed while climbing, as to avoid your wheels from skidding.

It should also go without saying that driving should only be done while alert, sober, and while wearing a seat belt. 

Lastly, winter is the best time to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the upcoming trials and tribulations. Make sure your battery and lights are in working order, and that your brakes are in top condition. It's also a good idea to have your exhaust and heating system are inspected. 

Winter driving is an unpleasant reality for most Canadians, and something that we have to get through together.


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