Looking at Winter Driving

Two weeks ago we had snow. There was a fair amount – enough for there to be a snowman sentinel in nearly every yard on our street. There were no school delays or cancellations. The salt trucks and snow plows were everywhere. Everyone was driving cautiously. Then last week we had a fine dusting of snow. There was a 2 hour delay for many school districts. The drive into work was downright dangerous! The first cars on the road had turned the streets into a skating rink. Nearly every intersection was a death trap of intersecting sheets of ice. I was very thankful for my automatic anti-lock breaking system! I managed to get safely to work. It took me that moment backing out of the driveway to remember all my mad winter driving skills! For those who don’t live in the frozen sections of our country that translates to: leaving extra space between your front bumper and their rear bumper, driving more slowly, applying the brakes in a pumping fashion instead of stomping down, accelerating slowly from a stop, and using a little courtesy when someone looks like they can’t stop in time for the light and letting them slide through safely on yellow/pink/red.

A little haiku for your reading pleasure.

First freeze dangerous
Recall winter driving skills
Car skids to a stop

28 thoughts on “Looking at Winter Driving

  1. Growing up in New England taught me everything about driving in winter conditions. I was once chastised by a man from south Florida, for driving too slowly on an icy road-in the mountains of northern Arizona. Somehow, he has not managed to get into a wreck, to this day.

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  2. To many people forget that they need extra time and to slow down. If semis are running 20 under you should be to. We get passed by cars all the time in those conditions when we are slow and miles up the road they are in ditches.

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  3. icy roads are so treacherous, never know how its going to behave and the car too, like oil slicks here where i live after light rain, some road stretches are so accident prone areas

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  4. Good post, Muri. People mistakenly believe that colder, snowier weather is more dangerous to drive in. Or that you’re safe if you have all-wheel-drive and anti-lock brakes. The worst is rain/sleet when the temperature is hovering around 32; it freezes into black ice that’s impossible to detect until you brake and are unable control your car. Take it easy, arrive alive, that’s my wintertime motto. 🙂

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