One of the authors I follow on AuthorsDen appends that caring line in her thank you messages for those reviewing her many blogs, poems, and articles. It's great advice with universal and infinite applications especially where - literally - the rubber meets the road.
For those in northern climes, we are plowing into the middle of winter when driving can be more of a challenge. One of the physics articles I wrote back in 2009 was on that subject: Winter Driving, It's all about the friction.
I thought many would think "winter driving" was a dull subject, especially since it dealt with the different types of friction - static, kinetic - and how that plays out when slamming on the brakes, especially during inclement weather. Are your eyes rolling yet?
This article was surprisingly one of my most well read and googled articles. Its salient point was that rolling wheels grab the slippery road better than locked wheels.
Why? You have to read the article. Hint. Hint. : )
Another good piece of advice for all seasons - Always wear your seat beat.
Seat beats can mitigate the consequences of Newton's First Law of Motion - Every object moves in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force. And during a crash that object may be your body moving in a straight line until it is acted upon by an outside force - such as the force of an oncoming windshield, steering wheel, dashboard, car engine ....
I find the following video clip - Embrace Life - always wear your seat belt - so effectively illustrates this:
Let's hear it for the Brits! This video is compliments of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP): www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk
Buckling up is good advice in all seasons in all places - even in England where they drive on the "wrong" side of the road.
Question: Any great tips to share to be safe on the road, especially this winter?
Picture from everystockphoto: Tahoe