Today’s Editorial December 21: Safety advised when driving

Just in case you missed the story on page 9 of yesterday’s Caymanian Compass, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is asking drivers to be extra cautious this time of year.

Those of you who have hit the road to head toward major retailers in George Town know that traffic is beyond deplorable.

Tensions are already high with the stress that comes along with searching for the perfect gift, planning the flawless party, sourcing the most scrumptious meal or finding that to-die-for party gown.

Add to that backed up traffic and bad drivers and you’ve got a recipe for the worst road rage imaginable.

The police are urging motorists to use the two-second rule.

That involves watching the car in front of you as it passes a fixed object like a tree or a fence and counting out two seconds.

If you pass the marker before the two seconds are up, you are too close to the car in front of you; in other words you are tailgating.

If you find yourself in that position you need to slow down and back off.

If the roads are wet, double the rule to four seconds.

There have already been 40 minor bumps reported in George Town alone in just the past week.

That number doesn’t take into account the minor car accidents that aren’t reported, but settled between the parties involved or just ignored.

The next time you feel like you have to speed or you must tailgate, think about the hassle you’re going to have to go through with your vehicle insurance company. Then there’s the more-than-likely increase in your already out of control car insurance rate.

Is it worth it? No.

Speeding and tailgating can also lead to death. Do you want to be responsible for killing someone now, right here at Christmas?

Even if you aren’t convicted of the crime the memory will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Be safe this holiday season.

If you drink, don’t drive.

If you’re angry, don’t get behind the wheel.

And most of all, slow down.

We should all have a safe, accident-free holiday season.

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