Winter leaves us feeling flat in more ways than one
IF YOU were to ask Queenslanders to name their favourite season, chances are few would nominate winter.
And who could blame them, living in a state world famous for its glorious summer days. But I'll take winter any day, with its warm blankets, footy season and pleasant 25 degree afternoons.
Come to think of it, just about the only downside to a Queensland winter is the lack of daylight hours. There's something a little sombre about driving home from work in the dark.
I mustn't be the only motorist in that frame of mind either, because RACQ had to rescue 1233 Queenslanders with flat batteries last week alone, many caused by distracted drivers forgetting to turn headlights off after arriving home or at work.
But despite the risk of a flat battery, using your headlights in the early winter mornings and late afternoons is highly recommended.
Peak commute periods are becoming darker as winter sets in so it's important to remain visible to pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists, while also maximizing your own vision.
The visibility issue also extends to cyclists and runners. Since they almost always come off worse in a collision with a car, wearing reflective gear on the morning jog or cycle is almost certainly a good idea.
It doesn't take much effort to stay safe on the road this winter - just the flick of a switch - but it could save your life