BOSTON - I had a long journey driving from Philadelphia to Boston this past Sunday. What made it longer was a snowstorm that hit me about an hour into the drive. What made it far longer were all the mistakes made by fellow drivers along the road. I saw around 8-10 minor and major accidents on the side of the road during that drive. I'm not sure what it is about snow that makes us lose our ability to drive with any sense of reason, but I've decided to put together a list of tips as Boston is again inundated with snow. Enjoy!
Do: Slow down. This is a long list, but this simple word of advice can be the difference. Going 65mph with snow and slush on the ground is extremely dangerous, especially if you drive a standard sedan. If you encounter an issue along your drive, you won't be able to slow yourself down quick enough to avoid a collision with another car, or most often, a ditch in the side of the road.
Don't: Go too slow. There's a difference betwene being cautious and going 20mph on a major freeway. When there are such differing speeds at play, the quick stops and starts that result are very dangerous.
Don't: Text, or watch a show (!), or basically look at anything other than the road. We are all guilty of distracted driving at some point, but because we're good drivers and it's not snowing usually, we can get away with it. In the snow, unfortunately, you always have to be as alert as possible. Yes, it's tiring, but it's also very necessary.
Do: Appropriately clean your windows and mirrors. I know we all have somewhere to be, but if you are blindly merging lanes, we're all in a lot of trouble.
Don't: Drive like a maniac. If you're driving in the snow, try and make slow and deliberate turns and movements. Any sharp movement of your car could easily cause you to crash.
And lastly...Do be careful. As I said earlier, all these are excellent ideas but at the end of the day if you drive with caution and concern for others, that is paramount.
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