Monday, November 29, 2021

That White Stuff On The Ground Means It's Time To Slow Down

Just enough snow and ice present on the streets this morning to present a problem for the morning commute.

It's not a lot and the streets look pretty clear, and that is the problem.  A lot of clear ice abounds.  

A lot of people have forgotten how to drive in the winter, and with driving skills already degraded by the Covid shutdowns, it really shows.

Saw a couple decent traffic accidents on the way to work already due to cars not being able to brake in sufficient time on ice.  In short, ice just laughs at your brakes, and inertia is not your friend at an iced-over intersection.

Winter is a time to give yourself more space and increased stopping distance, and to plan to give yourself more time for your commute due to the need to drive in a more careful and controlled manner.

There's more coming in tonight to create a slippery layer on the morrow, so plan ahead for your morning drive.


MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Aaron;

The fun part is seeing the Benzes and Beemers in the ditch and the owners saying "I don't know what happened...the car was engineered for this stuff"....I heard this more than once.

Aaron said...

MrGarabaldi: Yep, AWD and 4WD will get you going in the snow and ice, but they don't help you stop.

drjim said...

And we've only had two light dustings of snow so far this year.

Old NFO said...

It's ALL about tire patch size... and no, ice is not a respecter of that OR the tread pattern... A true winter tire will help...some.

drjim said...

My Bridgestone "Blizzaks" were better than I thought possible. There's a Finnish tire, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta, that's consistently rated as best in snow, no matter the vehicle. Car and Driver joked that with a set of studded ones on a Jeep, they could climb a building.....