Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Weather-Related Accidents

Snowing today; freezing rain, sleet and ice due tonight. As they say, whoever "they" are, "It's not a fit night out for man nor beast." Not for women, either.

Last week at this time, I was in the British Virgin Islands where there are no chimneys on their houses, leading me to conclude they have no furnaces. They don't have to worry about little things like horrid driving conditions. Too many people here don't worry about that, either.

Tonight, on the news, we will hear of weather-related accidents. Some will be minor, while some might be the sort of things that change lives and families for years and maybe forever.

"Weather-related," they are called. "Driving too fast for conditions," the police will note.

If it were sand coming down through the day and evening, we could drive as fast as we wished. Snow, freezing rain and sleet are different; they tend to be slippery little things and turning or stopping our vehicles on them become problematic in very short order.

The signs that say “35” or “45” or even “60” are not commands to be obeyed in every circumstance. They are upper limits in the best of all possible situations, to be modified as necessary. One of the necessaries would be, well, during a snowstorm when you decide if you want to get there late or not at all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one which sums it up:


Y'dont't do anything other than smoothly. Use compression instead of the brakes, steer gently, keep your distance and probably one of the top three is having good tires. Four year old Four-Season Tires are NOT snow friendly.

Forget the speed limits......why not? You forget them in the summer don't you when the cruising speeds are 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.

I drive a Tacoma P/U, 4-wheel drive, stick shift and in snow I use all my options.

The kids say that old folks are a road hazard. Us old folks have a tendency to lean on kids whose hats are on crooked.

Speaking of oldsters and such, I believe that the bestdrivers in the U.S. are in Florida, surprisingly. Yes I do, because to drive that bad, and not have more accidents than that, y'gotta be good!

Hey tom, saw your brother today at Home Hardware...he sends a hug...

February 13, 2008 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing that would make me drive at unsafe speeds in this weather is listening to "The Radio Home Visitor." I don't know how anyone could maintain their safe speeds or their lucidity upon hearing that droning rubbish. It will drive you mad

February 13, 2008 5:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Well, that's why there are other stations.

February 13, 2008 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably can't change the station because he or she drives with two hands on the wheel. Some people are not mentally equipped to do two things at the same time.

BTW, why were you on the station in the first place?

February 14, 2008 6:23 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

After many years of doing commercial radio, I thought it was time to think about a place where I could do public service programming that wouldn't end up at three in the morning, or 5:30 a.m. on Sundays, like Newsmakers.

February 14, 2008 12:14 PM  

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