Cynical Synapse

Sat, 05 Dec 2009

Winter Driving: Groundhog Day Every Day

Filed under: Behavior, Driving, Safety — cynicalsynapse @ 11:40 pm

Motorists in fender bender wait for the police

Different parts of Michigan got more or less snow in an early season storm, with southwest Michigan taking the brunt of it. Southwest Michigan benefits from the lake effect, which brings warmer moisture off Lake Michigan to the cooler land and, voila, you get snow.

On Friday, southwest Michigan got over a foot of snow. We get snow every year in Michigan. This is not new, but I’m always amazed by how many people are caught off-guard by the first snow. Hello! Are these people who are convinced global warming is real? Why else would they be driving like maniacs even though road conditions dictated otherwise?

There are common sense considerations for winter driving that some folks just don’t seem to get. These are the maniacs that don’t care about anyone else.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t prepared for the first snow. People think they’re better drivers than they are. But the weather usually conspires to prove otherwise. So, why do we go through this every year?

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3 Comments

  1. Can’t wait…

    2+ hrs to get to work or get home.

    Comment by steve — Sun, 06 Dec 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  2. Some folks just don’t wanna learn, you know? Folks get (irrationally) frustrated at not being able to race up and down the freeway like they did just a few months ago, so what do they do? They act like it’s still a few months ago. Idiocy is a disease. We must find a cure.

    Comment by teamowens313 — Mon, 07 Dec 2009 @ 9:51 am

  3. @steve: me, too. Of course, it also annoys me road commissions cost-shift to drivers by waiting until after rush hour to salt and plow.

    @teamowens313: If idiocy is a disease, we must be in a pandemic! Thanks.

    Comment by cynicalsynapse — Tue, 08 Dec 2009 @ 6:59 pm


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