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Courtesy goes a long way

We all knew it was coming. All we had to do was watch the weather forecast, or read it about to know that a wintry blast, accompanied by snow was headed to New Mexico and was due to hit us sometime last night. So waking up to snow should not have been a surprise. One would think that given that fact, those who needed to would have left their homes a little bit earlier so they could make it to work on time.

The majority of Northern New Mexicans are no strangers to driving in dicey weather. We have seen major and minor snowfalls over the years and likely have driven in a great many of them.

While the majority of commuters seem to have prepared for the weather, there are those impatient ones that seem to be in a hurry to get where they are going.  A little common sense goes a long way in avoiding collisions on slick roads. Speed is usually a factor. It doesn’t matter if one has a 4-wheel drive of all-wheel drive vehicle, ice does not discriminate. Also, giving the person in front of you enough room for error is also a smart choice.  Not all vehicles are automatic, so when a person driving a standard vehicle is on an incline or a hill, on a slick road, there’s a possibility that he or she could slide back. If you’re far enough away from this person, that shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re a tailgater, then you might get slid into.

I’ve actually seen tailgaters sound the horn at the person in front of them when they begin to roll back, so the person in front is aware. In turn, the car will pull forward, only to have the tailgater get on their behind again. Does the person honking the horn think that the driver in front won’t roll back again? Common courtesy goes a long way.

Also, not pulling out in front of vehicles is another good practice — especially in inclement weather. Give the person in motion enough time to slow down or brake, if need be. Slamming on the brakes on an icy road will likely not have a good outcome for either vehicle.

The list goes on and on. We could talk about stopping at stop signs, using turn signals, etc., but this is all common-sense stuff that any licensed driver should know and practice. If we all used a little common courtesy for fellow drivers, traversing the snow-packed, slushy or icy streets of Los Alamos would be much easier.