Appreciate the Danger of Trees Near Roadways

Matt Troutman Oct. 11, 2023

If we were driving in the mountains, near the sea or next to a cliff, we would be more careful and watch our speed because the steepness of the edge of the roadway grabs our attention. However, we do not have the same appreciation for the danger of driving our car, truck or motorcycle near trees. In Kentucky, we have more trees than most states and they are part of the beauty of the land. But, the reality is that vehicles running into trees kill more people than water or high elevations. Trees are anchored into the ground and, for the most part, do not move when struck by a vehicle. We would do well to appreciate the danger of running into a tree just like we appreciate the danger of driving in the mountains or near the sea.

Driving on windy roads with trees at night seem to be a bad combination for drivers. We forget when a curve is coming and do not adjust our speed accordingly and many of us drive off the roadway. If we appreciated the danger of running into tress like we do other hazards, perhaps we could save some of the lives lost on Kentucky roadways.

One of the benefits of the memorials people place near the location of an accident where they lost a loved one is that it helps the current drivers appreciate the dangers in that area of the roadway. Many of these memorials are placed next to trees where someone ran off the road and hit the tree. We need these memorials to remind us that trees kill if you fail to stay on the roadway. Of course, everyone knows that they need to stay on the roadway when driving a vehicle, but if we realized the danged posed by running into a tree we might be less likely to allow ourselves to be distracted and leave the roadway.

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