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DRIVING IN BAD WEATHER
Driving in Bad Weather
A winter storm that wreaked havoc across a large portion of the country - and the impact it had on drivers everywhere is reason enough for me to offer caution to people who would consider venturing out onto public roads when warned off by authorities.
To begin with - in today's environment of 24-hour news - coupled with technological advancements in weather forecasting - only a hermit would be unaware of an impending storm well in advance.
News announcers drone on and on about expected snowfall levels and ice and sleet hazards. The reason I bring this up is that when a person gets into their car to drive after a storm has been predicted to begin and continue over a specific period - it is gambling (with their life and others). More info on this website
Take, for instance, those drivers in the northern United States. At times, dozens and dozens of cars are left abandoned as police and emergency personnel work to rescue drivers whose cars become stuck thanks to a foot or more of snow that fell in a short period.
This identical scenario was repeated on highways across the country. Undoubtedly, those drivers wish they had heeded the warnings of local and state officials who repeatedly stated that people should stay home.
Inclement weather is an expected part of the winter season. But when weather experts are all but begging states to close down all public buildings and advising people to remain in their homes - this is more than a bit of rain and snow - and the intelligent person listens to the advice of the experts.