Ask a Michigander: Snow driving advice
While walking back from a downtown meeting this afternoon, I couldn't help but marvel at the general winter-driving ineptitude of Washington drivers. I know it's a truism here inside the Beltway -- D.C. drivers are the nation's worst -- but it still bears repeating.
Let me offer a little advice as a public service. Trust me, I'm a native Michigander with a spotless driving record (tempting fate there, though). I literally have ice in my veins, year-round. Winter is when we "Mitten Staters" are at our best.
Snow driving can be complicated, but there's one fundamental rule (my mother taught it to me): you can change speed OR direction, but never both at the same time.
Want to brake? Go for it. Just don't try to turn while you're braking. Want to turn? Fine. Just don't simultaneously try to accelerate. It's that simple. Follow this rule and go slowly, and you'll be fine. Be safe out there, guys. Now...come July, I'll be looking for some "avoiding death by heatstroke" advice from Washington locals. Be in touch!
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