Dear Dangerous Drivers…
Yesterday was the first “significant snowfall” (as defined in my book as the first time there is enough snow to cause numerous people to suddenly and inexplicably forget how to drive). What does this post have to do with healing? Nothing… except that I was en route to a doctor’s office when this post all but wrote itself in my head. I have written it in letter format (addressed to the individuals who put the lives and limbs of all around them at risk yesterday).
I could probably post this same exact letter every year… This is my letter to those who engage in dangerous winter driving habits. I realize the likelihood of this post being read by the dangerous drivers I witnessed yesterday is slim. However, I will post it anyway as a public service.
Dear Dangerous Drivers,
Welcome back to winter driving! I know it has been awhile since we had this much snow on the roads and that everyone’s winter driving skills probably degrades a bit during the snow-free months. However, I do not understand some of the scenarios I witnessed yesterday. Perhaps a
crash course (oops… poor choice of words there!) refresher course is in order for some drivers in regard to winter driving conditions as well as general common sense while driving.
Here are some tips you may find helpful:
(See how the snow has been cleared from this side view mirror?)
(1) DO clear off all your windows! I highly recommend doing this at home or before you begin driving from wherever it is that you’re parked. This does not mean clearing off just enough snow and/or ice for your eyes to steal a tiny glimpse through a small hole in the surrounding windshield or rear window full of snow. Not only are these small clearance patches not sufficient to safely drive in the best of circumstances but, as anyone familiar with winter driving knows, the remaining snow on the window will blow around and obscure your view. (Hint: This is true even on wind-free days because the motion of the car will cause the window snow remaining to shift around).
(2) DON’T clear off your car in expressway lanes, in on-ramps, or on off-ramps. If your pre-trip window clearing was insufficient, please pull over completely into the shoulder to brush/scrape your windows. If you should choose to clear your windows in the road (like so many people I saw yesterday!), you may soon discover that passing vehicles may assist you in dislodging that snow from your windows. The thing is that they won’t be using snow brushes. When their vehicles hit yours because you parked IN the expressway, the snow may well be dislodged from the windshield. However, this is is not the safest (nor recommended) method for getting those windows cleared off.
(3) DO use the defrost feature of your car. It really helps. (For some reason, there were drivers yesterday who clearly had not defrosted their windows).
(4) DON’T tailgate! Drivers following me, please be made aware that the inside of my tailpipe is the same color it was last spring. So, tailgating me to inspect the color won’t yield a new result. (Thanks, Hubby, for this yearly joke aimed at the tailgating contingent). Extra credit factoid: Hubby tells me that 68 miles per hour is 100 feet per second. Think about trying to stop your car within 100 feet if you elect to keep this speed on days when chain reaction, domino effect accidents are likely).
(5) DO: Remember, it is December. So, speeding along in snowy conditions is not wise. There could be reindeer out and about. Let’s be careful out there.
The good news yesterday was that we did arrive safe and sound at the doctor’s office after one hour and 53 minutes of driving (for what could be driven in 44 minutes on a sunny, low-traffic, snow-free day). We are thankful that our car didn’t go airborne and land in the median, as did so many of the cars we saw en route to the doctor’s office.
Please drive carefully. Allowing extra time for driving in inclement weather is advisable.
This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.
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