Friday, January 2, 2009

Ice...

I left for work this morning a bit early. So I could take my time. You see, this morning we got our first taste of winter weather. It was sleeting a bit when I left, it was really putting it down by the time I got to the station. Usually it takes me about 20 minutes to get to work, this morning it was more like 35-40.

Does this seem complicated? I watched the weather the night before and saw that there was a good chance of bad weather coming in. So I got up and got ready early. Then I left for work early. So I wouldn't have to rush, and so I could go slower and be more careful.

Now I know that many people may not have a TV, or watch the weather if they do. But when you get into your vehicle and there is white stuff falling from the sky and there is a whole bunch of this white stuff covering the ground and roads, is it that much of a stretch to begin to think that it may be a slightly dangerous situation?

Apparently not around here. The really dangerous situation is when you get this white stuff falling from the sky and a human with a 4-wheel drive vehicle and open road in front of them. There were a lot of said people out this morning. We had 7 in 30 minutes just in my area. I have no idea what the total for the county was, but it was a lot.

People don't seem to realize that, on ice, it doesn't make a difference what type of vehicle you have. To prove this fact, I was once on a military base during the winter. I saw a full sized tank driving along on a cement pad outside of the motor pool. It hit the ice and went sideways and there was nothing the driver could do about it. So if a tank slides on ice, what makes u think your shiny new 4x4 is gonna just drive right on through?

Luck was with us and everyone else today though. I can't imagine what the monetary cost was for all the damage done, but as far as I know no one was seriously hurt. The other lucky thing was that the schools are still out for Christmas break. I can only imagine what it would have been like with all the kids on the roads this morning.

BRM

4 comments:

Jeni said...

Other drivers -usually those who haven't clue one as to how to drive on snow-covered roads, much less ice, freezing rain, etc (You DON'T drive on the latter if you don't have to!) are what scares me more than anything if I do have to go out when the weather is on the dicey side. Glad to read you made it through safely.

MedicThree said...

my coworkers don't seem to follow this either!

Then again, if there weren't morons in the world I would be unemployed.

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