Monday, February 16, 2015

If you can't walk on it, don't drive on it.

Mostly, this applies to ice. Now, many of you in the north are currently driving something equipped with studded tires or really good all-weather treads, and if it's a pickup (and quite a few sedans) there's a bag or three of kitty litter / pea gravel over the rear axle. This enables you to drive normally on truly cold ice and scraped snow. It doesn't help as much as you'd think when it gets right around freezing/melting point.

In the south, "snow" and "ice" never gets very cold - it's always right around that 28-34 F range that even Alaskans dread. Southern ice usually comes with "running water on", but since it's such a rare event, they don't distinguish in the many categories northerners hold. This, along with unfamiliarity, is why they're such terrible drivers on ice and snow: even in Anchorage, I did not look forward to driving on running water on ice, and stayed home if I could.

No matter where you live, if you're going to fall on your butt (hopefully) or shoulder with a wrenching and tearing feeling (hopefully not) when trying to get to the car or through the parking lot, it doesn't matter how well you drive... you still shouldn't be out.

This is like "Nothing good happens after midnight." It's a good rule of thumb that keeps people out of trouble.

If you can't walk on it, don't drive on it.

7 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

Spot on, Wing. I'd rather have three feet of snow than a quarter-inch of ice; it's just nasty.

Old 1811 said...

A lot of northern states banned studded tires several years ago because they tear up pavement. I don't know if they've un-banned them since.
I remember a guy telling my dad the best thing about using studded tires on ice: They make a real cool noise when you slide into somebody.

Jennifer said...

And this is why I am working from home today. I went out to check it out and could not stand beside the car

Old NFO said...

Excellent points Wing! And I'm looking at staying in tomorrow...

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Yeah, the car is literally under 1/2 inch of ice on the sides. I think I'm staying home tomorrow, too.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

There are studded tires on my truck and Yak Tracs for my shoes. Avoid walking on tile with the Yak Tracs.

Ruth said...

I was just going to comment that YakTracs invalidate that argument. Though in general, if you own YakTracs you probably know how to drive on it (or not drive on it) regardless.....