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Morning Commute Was Practice Session

I felt a little sheepish earlier today when I posted the obvious advice that drivers should "slow down" in the snow. But now that we've seen the morning commute and know that conditions will worsen, I want to say SLOW DOWN!

Washingtonians are showing the effects of seasons without serious snow driving. People are doing July speeds, then when they see the car ahead spin out, they hit the brakes, and either join the spinners or join a bunch of cars proceeding at 2 mph.

With the snow continuing to fall, even treated roadways are inconsistent. You may well be doing fine on snow, then hit an icy patch. This is happening quite often on overpasses and bridges. Many of the highway ramps are "greasy," to use a term borrowed from the Grid Spouse. Cars are slithering along them.

And this morning was supposed to be the easy part. When the second wave of the storm hits during the afternoon and evening, we'll see the textbook wintry mix that creates all sorts of hazards for drivers.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 27, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
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1) People need to learn to drive in snow.

2) People need to realize their tires are often not all-season, let alone snow tires. The number of sports cars with summer tires driving in this stuff is remarkable, and remarkably dangerous.

Posted by: ah___ | January 27, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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