There was a four car pileup on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning, just inside the roadworks. The traffic was jammed up right down to Sulwood Drive, in my case extending my trip to work by 45 minute.
It might be worth bringing up the topic of safe driving up at BBQs and dinner table discussion. Little pointers like the two second gap, and abiding by construction site speed limits.
Sure, someone else might jump in that gap between you and the car in front. Just remind yourself that doing 120km/h on the Parkway during peak hour is impossible anyway, and even on a good day it will only save you 1 minute against a trip following the speed limit all the way. For people like me who live in North Cooma and travel to Civic and beyond for work, that’s one minute out of a half hour trip – which will be lost at the first set of traffic lights anyway.
Another issue to remember is that when you are driving a car, you should be thinking only about driving the car. Don’t go through the list of things to do when you get to work – you have the office for that, and thinking about the office while you’re in the car driving may mean you don’t get to the office today. Don’t dwell on whether you should have ordered the quiche for dinner with that hot date last night – she’ll call you back or she won’t: if she calls you back, it would help your chances for a second date if you were still alive.
Do you have any other ideas for helping people be safer on the roads during the commute to and from work?