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Pushy Weather report
I just read this weather report and I don't know if I should be offended or insulted. Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing across much of the area Friday night...allowing ice to Reform on some roadways. Motorists should be aware of the possibility of ice...and use a decreased speed and an increased following distance.

Who do they think they are telling me how to drive? I know what it is to be prepared for ice. It means being prepared to slam into the car in front of you while getting rear ended from behind. Bah!

Actually I'm really pleased that they posted that little reminder but I still feel its pretty sad when the knowledge and skill of the average driver is so low that weather reports need to instruct them in how to deal with slippery conditions.

For that matter I think they are risking getting sued for not advising drivers to stay off the roads entirely.


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liatha From: liatha Date: December 17th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you are either insulted OR offended, frankly dear, you need to go have a beer and relax.

The way the general populace around here drives... it's a good reminder. Not that I think it will help anything, because the people who most need the reminder will be most likely to ignore it... but such is life.

I do, however, agree that they really ought to have mentioned staying off the roads entirely unless you have no other choice.
fixx From: fixx Date: December 17th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps this was my failed attempt at sarcasm, but least I had the sense to screen all responses in case anyone took me seriously.
From: wolfdancer Date: December 17th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

some DC drivers

have never in countered snow or frezing rain before. Our new nabors have not. Th are from a place that has no snow. Driving up the hill sliding down side wise in a 4WD was scary and amusing. I had to explan to them that it was better to go out the left side of the road, less hill.
fixx From: fixx Date: December 17th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: some DC drivers

See, now, that's a situation where although advising them to keep a greater following distance and drive slower would be good advice, it would not be nearly enough advice.

About five years ago I encountered a 4wd driver like your neighbors. Mine was approaching a tight 90 degree turn behind a building. I was barely creeping but did not want to stop for fear of losing traction. Had I maintained my speed I'd have been hit by him and probably pushed into a fence or the next building. I forget exactly what was too my right. I could see he was going way too fast to either stop or turn. I slowed and sounded my horn but he took no notice. I managed to come to a full stop in my 2WD in time to see him fail to negotiate the turn and wipe out in what would have been the path of my car.
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fixx From: fixx Date: December 17th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even for my sarcasm I am annoyed on some level that a weather report would attempt to offer partial advice instead of offering a LINK (yes this was online news) and have the link read click here for tips on driving on icy roads

I wrote this without any idea if there was such a website and then looked up the link linked above using google. Using Google, it took me less than 15 seconds to find a website offering tips for driving on ice.
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