Endless Musings

This blog contains the random thoughts, feelings, and observations of a slightly "left of normal" young woman.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

We just had about 9.5 inches of snow dumped on us over the past two days. Now, being in a Northern part of the country where snow is no stranger I would think that most people out here wouldn't have any great difficulty coping. Whenever I have to drive after a snowstorm I always seem to get stuck between the overly cautious person who only wants to drive 5 miles per hour and the ignoramus riding my butt (even though they can see that I am going as fast as possible without litterally driving through the car in front of me.)
Then there is always the geniuses in the SUV's who seem to think that they can drive like they're in a NASCAR race. I guess they don't understand that having 4-wheel drive doesn't mean a thing on black ice. I guess they also don't understand that having a top heavy vehicle increases the risk of rollovers. Also, a heavier vehicle takes slightly longer to stop than a lighter one.
Now, I am not saying that ALL SUV drivers are ignorant to the above mentioned facts. It's just that whenever I hit the road after a snowstorm I see a disproportionate numbers of SUV's invovled in weather related accidents.
Maybe the makers of SUV's need to do more to make sure that the people purchasing the vehicle really understands how to properly operate them. Of course, there is only so much that can be done to educate people. People really need to use common sense, but I think sensiblity is not a common as it should be.


  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger Dub V.2 said…

    One of my best winter moments in the fine state of Washington happened two years ago this winter. I was driving home, up a long winding hill covered in fresh snow, in my little Subaru. I was going way under the speed limit. I saw, much to my chagrin, no less than 4 SUVs stuck off of the road on both sides. It's the karma payment plan. I mean did they think that they could drive, and park in compact parking, those behemouths with no karmic consequences? Mother nature always has her revenge on the non eco-friendly.

  • At 5:58 PM, Blogger jessgirl said…

    I used to live in Washington State (Vancouver, just across the river from Portland.) Wonderful country out there!
    I think you are probably right, karma works in strange and wonderful ways.


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