Nov 12, 2019
You may remember I teased you with a photo not so long ago about this. It was probably one of the worst snow driving experiences in my life.
At this time, I was going to school in Shepherdstown, West Virginia… I commuted every day. About a 45 minute drive, but I usually allowed an hour. So that way I didn’t feel rushed trying to get to class, and also to allow for any traffic/accidents. Which was rare.
I left the house early that day, hoping to be able to make it. After an hour and only being able to get about a mile from my house, I went back home.
It doesn’t look all that bad! But there’s a lot of ice. And ice is worse than snow! At this point, it took me another half hour to get home. I couldn’t take my normal route, because of all the hills. I had to go around. It should’ve only taken me about 10 minutes (less than that, really) to get home from here.
When I walked back in the door, my dad was surprised! After all, it had been an hour…he thought I had made it safely to school. Of course, I explained what had happened and then called my professor. (I had a project due that day!) They always told us that they would rather us be safe than sorry! Especially the commuters.
So, I turned my project in a day late…I don’t think I got deducted any points. It wasn’t my fault I couldn’t make it to class.
Luckily, my dad taught me how to drive in the snow! Doughnuts, fishtailing, driving in the grass or one set of wheels on the shoulder. He taught me all of that! When the roads are bad, one thing you can do – if you can – is drive with one set of wheels on the shoulder (if possible) where it’s a little rougher pavement and thus, a little better traction. Or, if you’re in the country, drive with one set of wheels just off the road. This will also allow for more traction. But only do this if it’s safe to do so.
In my humble opinion, it’s better to stay home when it’s snowing! I personally don’t have a problem driving in the snow, it’s the other drivers. They’re c-r-a-z-y!!!
Hopefully, in the future, I won’t have to drive in weather like this ever again! There have been a couple of times…last winter I worked in one of the worst snow storms of the season and ended up hitting a curb and bending my wheel rim. And when my uncle (my dad’s youngest brother) died in 2013, we drove up to Hancock for his viewing in a snowstorm. Nerve racking, but we were on a main road, so we were pretty much safe!
And that’s about it, for now anyway!
“It was the best of times.
It was the worst of times.”
~ Charles Dickens
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