Be careful out there
It is somewhat surreal to think that temperatures are only now getting to the point where one can expect to truly shiver if not dressed appropriately when going outside.
This time last year, people throughout the Avalon Peninsula were already several weeks into cursing the amount of snow piling up in driveways and covering roads. With that in mind, it’s hard to comprehend that much of December was more in keeping with the fall weather-wise.
Ice, for one, was not an issue through most of the month. Road conditions were generally great as a result. The lack of ice was helpful too for those looking to make it down a hill on two feet instead of two cheeks.
With winter now seemingly set to stay for the next few weeks — honestly, spring will be here before you know it — people need to adjust their expectations when heading out on the roads.
Snow and ice buildup can prove to be a treacherous obstacle for drivers. The common refrain from folks checking traffic on the radio morning shows is that for these sorts of conditions, people need to slow down.
It’s undeniably a common sense thing. But there are obviously people who will not get the message. Whether it’s an overriding sense of confidence in the type of vehicle used or the capabilities of winter tires, there are drivers out there prepared to treat snow and ice no differently than a clear road.
That’s unfortunate not only for the driver but also the general public. When snow plows clear two-lane highways, the passing lane generally does not get cleared simultaneously with the right lane. Those who elect to use a snow-covered passing lane are not only taking a risk for themselves, but also those they pass. A slight swerve has the potential to send two vehicles off the road.
Checking the weather forecast this time of year is very important. If you expect road conditions will slow you down, give yourself extra time to leave for work. Do not rush out there in less than ideal conditions, even if it means being late.
Ultimately, you’re better off late than stuck in a ditch.