Tips for driving in the ice and snow
Accelerate and decelerate slowly
The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds
Know your brakes
Don't stop if you can avoid it
Don't power up hills
Don't stop going up a hill
Yeah. As I sit here at six a.m. on a Saturday morning, waiting for my husband to return from taking our daughter to work for her shift at Starbucks, on ice-covered roads. Sucks to be forced to go into work so people can drive on ice-covered roads to buy coffee.
She was supposed to be there by five this morning. Wasn't happening. She never made it out of the driveway, and neither could we. We both tried. Apparently they're already out salting roads. Go Indy!! Our subdivision will be one of the last ones done. Always is. And there's a winding, twisting road in both directions before we emerge onto a more or less main road, so that's always a challenge in crappy weather.
Hubby and I are both registered nurses, and remember quite well driving in horrible conditions multiple times because there was no choice. You had to get into work no matter what. Consequently, we're both very good drivers on icy, snowy roads, but let's face it. I don't care how well you drive, or how new your tires are, ice is ice and snow is snow.
SLOW DOWN. The ambulances, fire engines, police cars, and tow trucks can't reach you any faster in crappy weather, and if you drive like a damn idiot in it, you put their lives at risk to save your ass.
This concludes the winter weather PSA for December. Back to your regularly scheduled Saturday.
Until next week, enjoy your Saturday!