Endless Musings

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

Friday, January 21, 2005

Snowy Days

Friday is finally here and of course they're predicting a snow storm. We're supposed to get 4-7 inches tonight and then another 2-4 tomorrow. We already have some on the ground so things should look pretty and sparkling white by the time the sky stops falling.
I was planning on visiting a friend of mine up in Wisconsin, but I guess I'll play it by ear. It isn't that I have a big problem driving in snow, but too many other people on the road can't seem to handle it.
At least I don't live in North Carolina. I heard on the news that they had about an inch of snow and it basically shut everything down. I heard that there were even children trapped overnight at school because even the school buses and parents with SUVs couldn't get to them. All this because of an inch? I understand that they don't usually get snow, but still it's just an inch of snow.
I guess I shouldn't be too critical. Considering that there are people who live up here and have lived here all their lives who still seemed confused about how to drive properly in snowy and icy weather. Those are the people that make me nervous about being on the road in bad weather. I know I can handle it, but I've already been involved in one accident because someone else couldn't.
The accident happened a few years ago when I was still in college. It was snowing and there was a layer of ice under the snow. The plows were out, but they can only do so much when its still coming down. I was approaching an intersection to make a right turn. The light for the people going straight thru the intersection was turning red, but I had a green arrow. All the sudden out of the corner of my eye I see movement. Before I know it a Lincoln Town Car slides across two lanes of traffic (narrowly missing two other cars) and ends up right in front of me. I was already breaking to make the turn, but there was nothing I could do not to hit the other car. I hit the passanger side rear door.
The other driver told me later the they had been closely following the car in front of them and didn't realize that that car was going stop for the changing light until it was too late. The other driver panicked and jerked the wheel to the right and cut across two other lanes before ending up right in front of me.
Thankfully no one was hurt. Also thankfully the other person admitted fault right away (I had witnesses who stopped incase I needed them.) The other person also had insurance (law in Illinois.) The door on the other car had to be replaced. Fortunately the only damage I had was that the plastic cover on my left turn signal broke off.
In the end it wasn't that bad, but it shook me up enough to make me nervous about driving in certain conditions. Incidentally, the other driver was from this area (I asked shortly afterwards.) So, the point is that some people who live in Northern states and should be used driving bad weather apparently can't.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:37 AM, Blogger Ron said…

    Jess .. i can totally dig

    Here in Lexington, KY, there is a says .. the recipe for traffic disaster in Lexington is simple .. just add water .. It doesnt matter if it is rain .. snow .. sleet .. ice .. People around here completely forget how to drive as soon as water hits the road.

    Ron

     
  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger The Disgruntled Chemist said…

    It can't possibly be as bad as it is in Southern California.

    Either people start going 20 mph on the freeway, or they figure they can do their usual 90 in a downpour.

    People here can not drive in the rain.

     

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