Driver's ed for D.C.
I was out in the storm on Wednesday night along with thousands of others. I hitched rides nine miles down Connecticut Avenue from Olney to meet my wife to help her get home.
My experiences in helping drivers get moving showed me once more that many people around here just don’t know how to drive in the snow. When the wheels start spinning, these drivers push harder on the accelerator, which causes the wheels to spin more. Eventually, usually as they approach the top of a hill, they lose momentum and get stuck. Also, no one whom I tried to help knew how to rock the car back and forth to get it going again. I actually got in the driver’s seat (with the driver’s permission) in one car and helped get it moving. Learning how to rock the car is simple and can be practiced in the early winter when there is a light snow.
What’s the answer? How about a region-wide program to teach people how to drive on snow? If even 500 fewer cars had been stuck Wednesday night, I believe things would have moved along a lot more smoothly.
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