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: