VIEWPOINT - Inconsiderate Pickup Drivers
I happened to be on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway #1) on Vancouver Island during the big snow storm just before Christmas, travelling from Victoria to Parksville, and there were some occasions where I wondered about the sanity of pick-up truck drivers. To explain, there was slushy snow and large puddles of water on the highway, most of it in the passing lane, and the traffic on both sides of the highway, for safety reasons, stayed in the clearer right lane. Not so the pick-up truck drivers: they would pass everyone at unsafe speeds, and engulf other vehicles, including mine, in a deluge of water, leaving drivers like me with no visibility for, I would say, three seconds. Three seconds is awfully long when you cannot see, and you need nerves of steel to not panic.
Now, these truck drivers could see these large puddles of water on the road, they could see other vehicles on the road that were smaller than their own, they could see that we were all driving through difficult conditions, and yet, because they wanted to pass everyone, they hit the gas, ploughing into these huge puddles, causing grief to innocent victims.
I do not know if these types of drivers (and in my experience, pick-up drivers are notorious) give much thought to the consequences of their actions, which could have been serious or fatal accidents. But I believe that more education and attention to this matter by law enforcement and our provincial government are needed.