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Saturday, December 1, 2012

It's That Time of Year...

I think I mentioned that it was snowing today, right? Obviously, this means that the drivers on the road in Massachusetts completely and utterly lose their ever-lovin' minds. There's a light smattering of snow on the road, not even enough to be considered a dusting, yet folks are out there driving around like there's a foot of slushy, icy crud making driving a life-or-death proposition.

Folks, here's a tip. If I, driving my 350 horsepower rear-wheel driver pick-up truck with no weight in the back, have no trouble with the weather conditions, your fancy $75K AWB German luxo-SUV status symbol won't, either. If the conditions are not severe enough to warrant me kicking over into 4WD - which I will happily do if it even vaguely hints that there might be a weather-related traction issue - then you really don't have to go 45 MPH in the middle lane of the highway...

Honestly, if the prospect of driving in snow so positively terrifies you such that you have to ride your brakes going up a hill, you might want to consider simply staying home. If you really need to straddle the right-and center lane - even though both are perfectly clear - while traveling 15 MPH under the speed limit, maybe you should have a friend drive. Or call a cab. Anything but drive, mind you, because you are a screaming yellow menace to yourself and everyone around you with the panic braking, drifting, and weaving. It's snowing. It snows here. Learn it. Live with it.

Or get the hell out of my way...

That is all.

11 comments:

Dave H said...

If you value your blood pressure, stay out of Columbus Ohio in the wintertime. Rochester New York, on the other hand, has surprisingly good snow drivers. But when it rains, you'd think the road was covered with syrup or something.

Old NFO said...

LOL, or all of the above??? :-) Hang in there Jay, it's only going to get worse!

Christina LMT said...

THANK YOU! I was out on the road today too, and almost blew a gasket. And I haven't lived here all of my life, unlike most of the other drivers out there. Idiots.

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bogie said...

AMEN! Went out yesterday to Nashua/Amherst and couldn't believe the peoples' (non) driving skills. Really, those people just need to stay home!

Ruth said...

Dude! Spammers! Holy cow!

Anyway, they do that even here in central NY the first few snow storms. I haven't figured out if the worst offenders are the folks new to the area or if the locals actually loose their skills during the off season...it does usually taper off as the season continues though.

Anonymous said...

You have to see what passes for driving in the snow here in So KY to believe it.


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Gerry

HerrBGone said...

You can't have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.

I don't like spam!

(Cue the Vikings)

Ehem...

I was on 495 yesterday and came up on someone doing (according to my GPS) 42 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. And the road was only slightly wet! I had to slow to their speed because there was enough other traffic going the regular speed that I couldn't move over right away to go around them. The kind of behavior gets people killed! Unfortunately it's usually someone other than the person causing the problem who winds up paying for their stupidity.

Jay G said...

Wow. Massive fail on Blogger's part for catching spam. I should ask for a refund...

Fred said...

Don't mind skipping that this year.

Geodkyt said...

What I could never figure out, growing up in SE VA, with military facilities every few miles (and teh consequently high percentage of transient residents), is why so many of the really bad drivers in winter conditions had license plates from Nothern states where the DO get snow.

Then, my Minnesota raised mother explained her theory -- A.) they're not used to wet ice & snow, and B.) a lot of them are duffle bag brides from warmer climes, like Alabama and the Phillipines, but their military husband is keeping his Home of Record plates for whatever reason (heck, my dad kept Texas plates on his cars until he retired, and I don't think he had lived in Texas since they activated him for the Korean War).