National Geographic : 1941 Dec
Shorter days mean longer odds -against you! Winter invariably brings heavier tolls of traffic accidents. Despite the fact that there are normally fewer cars on the road, there are usually more than one and a half times as many accidents in December as in June. Shorter days mean more hours of dark ness. These shorter days bring with them stormy weather and other seasonal dan gers in driving your car. These abnormal The careful driver makes sure that his lighting equipment is adequate and properly adjusted for longer hours of darkness, snow, sleet, and fog; also that windshield wipers and defrosters are working effectively. His chances of skidding are reduced by having brakes properly adjusted, by using tire chains on snow, slush, and ice. The safe driver knows and prac tices safe driving technique on slippery surfaces. He is always on the alert for the unexpected icy spot. The careful driver makes up his mind to travel habitually at speeds reduced in conformity with road conditions throughout this season. burdens are placed on drivers every Win ter-and particularly this Winter because rapidly accelerating defense activities are putting more and more men and cars on the roads. The careful driver balances increased dangers with increased caution and pre caution. Here are a few suggestions he re members through the Winter months. 4;^3 He leaves more room than usual between his car and the car ahead, is more cautious than ever about passing cars when approaching hills or curves. On hills, he watches out for children on sleds. COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. To help safeguardyourself,your family, and others from traffic accidents, and to learn the answers to many driving problems and emergencies, send for Metropolitan's free booklet 121-N, "Calling All Drivers."