Let It Snow?! Whaaat?!!
posted Nov 26 2013 5:35PM
It's around this time of year that you start to hear people saying they can't wait for it to snow. I strenuously disagree with this position. Snow creates all kinds of problems, not the least of which is the fact that people seem to be incapable of driving in it.
I don't get it. There are people I know who have lived on the East Coast their entire lives. These are full-grown adults who have lived with snow year in and year out and yet they still seem to be incapable of driving in it.
Maybe I was lucky. The year I got my driver's license there was a blizzard. So I had no choice but to learn to drive in snow. And ice. And sleet. And you name it. And I had to do so in a rear-wheel drive car from the 70s. Tip: invest in sandbags. Lots of them. Fill your trunk with them. Unless you like the excitement of fishtailing wildly all over the road.
In any case I had to learn to navigate the winter weather. Instead of trial by fire, it was trial by ice. And I did fine. Sure I slid off the road into someone's front lawn once, but honestly once the grass grew back in the spring it was fine. And I didn't hit the fence. I merely bumped it. I had all but slid to a stop by then.
My point is merely this: I hate snow. No, that's not it. My point is if you have to drive in bad weather, take it slow and be careful. If you have a 4X4 vehicle remember that it doesn't give you license to go 80mph in snow. Judging by the number of pickup trucks and SUVs I've seen on their roofs in the median strip of I-70, I think some people need to be reminded. And remember I say these things because I care. I'd love to make it through a winter in which there are no accidents. That may be wishful thinking but I honstly believe that if everyone does their part, takes care and uses caution, that will go a long way. Cheers.