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.