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What not to do when driving in snow...

sweetsong34's picture
on February 25, 2012 - 10:11pm

What was supposed to be an uneventful drive home from work ended up a lesson in what not to do when driving in snow. First, never, ever say to yourself, "I wonder why everyone's driving so slow, it's just a light snow." And never ignore that small voice inside your head that says, "You better put it in four wheel drive." And last, never ever just tap your brakes when there's either black ice or wet snow to slow down for the trucks ahead of you. You'll most definitely end up fishtailing and sliding all the way to the ditch. If you're fortunate you'll miss all the cars like I did.

Don't worry, after several vain attempts while using the four-wheel drive option, a nice patrolman will stop and ask while looking at all the ruts you just made, "Was that just you?" He then allows you to try to get out of the ditch just one more time before calling a tow truck. This time, you floor it until you know you'll either be free from the humiliating scene you've created or burn up the engine trying. Finally, success, and a slow drive home.

So, don't do what I did. Take it slower than you want to, listen to that small voice, and never stay later than the boss to finish a project. It all can wait. That white stuff looks pretty, but it has an evil side if you're not careful. Stay safe out there.

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