Needed: Some snow driver’s ed

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS -

I was out in the storm onWed­nes­day night along with thou­sands of oth­ers. I hitched rides nine miles down Con­necti­cut Av­enue from Olney to meet my wife to help her get home.

My ex­pe­ri­ences in help­ing driv­ers get mov­ing showed me once more that many peo­ple around here just don’t know how to drive in the snow. When the wheels start spin­ning, these driv­ers push harder on the ac­cel­er­a­tor, which causes the wheels to spin more. Even­tu­ally, usu­ally as they ap­proach the top of a hill, they lose mo­men­tum and get stuck. Also, no one whom I tried to help knew how to rock the car back and forth to get it go­ing again. I ac­tu­ally got in the driver’s seat (with the driver’s per­mis­sion) in one car and helped get it mov­ing. Learn­ing how to rock the car is sim­ple and can be prac­ticed in the early win­ter when there is a light snow.

What’s the an­swer? How about a re­gion-wide pro­gram to teach peo­ple how to drive on snow? If even 500 fewer cars had been stuck Wed­nes­day night, I be­lieve things would have moved along a lot more smoothly.

Doug Terry, Olney

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