Sunday, December 7, 2008
Well the first week of December and most of the States have had at least a little taste of winter weather soon to come.
The most important things about winter driving are keeping speed relative to road conditions which could be much lower than posted speeds, and keep lots of distance between vehicles. Be especially careful using on-ramps and off-ramps, that's where a lot of people lose it often on black ice.
A seasonal hazard on the roads in many areas will be the snow plows and salters.
Give them the room they need to make your roads safer.
On the bigger roads, Conga Lines.
You don't get by these guys, they are probably running along at about 30 or 40 MPH depending on conditions.
As each guy plows his pile to the guy on his right, they may be spreading a salt, sand or gravel mix for traction and to melt or prevent ice. You don't want to drive into that stuff bouncing around on the road as they spread it, it dings up your paint job pretty good.
I have the pleasure of driving behind these several times a year. It can be frustrating but it sure makes the highway an awful lot safer than without.
What a pleasure it is driving through the south in the winter.
More on road safety at http://www.ezee.ca
Forklift Safety at liftright.net
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