Whiteout

It was only a matter of time. The north country finally got hit with snow yesterday.

Driving in whiteout conditions is very dangerous. Severely inhibited visibility is certainly the first thing that comes to mind. Then there are the road conditions themselves which may or may not be a product of the current precipitation. And then the performance of your vehicle. Its wheel base length, tire type, handling, and drive train all play key roles.

Of course all this is amplified when you consider every other driver behind you, in front of you, and those oncoming, all must factor in the same variables into their own driving equations.

In short, it’s a disaster.

This why our local news was overthrown by a coup of reports on multi-vehicle accidents throughout the day.

This particular shot was taken at 11:55am.

Almost anyone can drive in perfect conditions with a solid vehicle. But it takes something a little extra to manage adverse conditions.

Adversity is inevitable. If we live our lives constantly looking to avoid hardship then we are ill-prepared when it finally comes knocking. We freeze, blinded, unable to navigate. Meanwhile others are “magically” able to move forward through it, taking their time, looking for references, steering for traction, and anticipating turns and hills.

If you find a driver in life like that, follow them, especially if they’re *not* driving an SUV. The vehicle doesn’t make the driver. They probably grew up handling adversity; navigating these types of roads is second nature.

One reason I love people who live in harsher climates year round is that they tend to have a stronger outlook on emotional and spiritual adversity; if they have the fortitude to endure and even laugh at hardships in the natural, they are more prone to view the later in the same way.

I mean, how can you not laugh when you park your car at the mall in a snow storm only to return and find it ensconced in a snow drift?

Happy driving. ch:

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  • shane marolf

    I like this- good stuff

  • Heh heh. Sounds like Ohio this time of year…
    It’s fun getting stuck in the middle of the highway at 11 pm during a snowstorm. As long as you’re not in the driver’s seat (and you have a good book and a flashlight)

  • Beth

    Whiteout outs are not fun to drive in, the funny thing is I feel more relaxed if someone else is driving. So I am learning to give God the wheel in all situations.
    This reminds me of the winter I ended up off the side of the road 3 times. 2 times people who had a truck and a chain stopped to help. the other I ended up staying at your house. Now I have studded tires, so its easier to control the car. (still need a stud though, lol).

  • Theresa Eassa

    I loved your perspective on the storm and here was mine…..So yesterday’s storm reminded me a lot of going through lives’s trials and tribulations. Suddenly out of no where crap is coming at you from all around, you have to try your best (hopefully with praying and trusting in the Lord) to keep focused at getting from point A to C because all you can see is the junk in the way while at point B. So you keep on trudging forward even with the heavy stuff trying to hold you down as it gets deeper and deeper. You might even fall once or twice (hopefully you will have your boots on (God’s armor on) cuz yesterday I only had sneakers on & it wasn’t enough to keep me firmly planted). Just when you think it (snow..trials..) are never going to end and you are weeping as you put your head on the pillow you wake up in the morning and find JOY for the storm has stopped (Psalm 30:5 – Weeping may remain at night but joy will come in the morning) Somewhere during the night the awesome higher power worked on your behalf to do what your couldn’t do with your own hands. He took control of the storm and either stopped it or slowed it down. I just love new days and new beginnings! My goal today….well to not stumble and fall like I did yesterday! Hope all my friends get un-buried today and if you have the sun send some our way!

    • What a FABULOUS addition to this post! Thank for the analogy; spot on. I think the Lord just smiled at your recognition of his interjection. Appreciate you Theresa!

  • I love driving in this weather. One tidbit I tell people is that no matter how good the driver in front of you is, you cannot just follow his tail lights. He could be the world’s finest driver with the best equipment and still make a mistake that lands you both in the ditch. You have to keep checking your reference points.

    No matter who is in front, it’s still your responsibilty to get you and yours to the destination.

    • Paul Dunk – speaker at last years and this year’s Redline Conference – is also a licensed race car driver. This same exact principle is what he said they teach you in driving school: you can’t drive the line of the racer in front of you, you have to drive your own line. If not you’ll never win because you’re always following; that, and they say you increase your chances of crashing exponentially.